On Sunday 9th October in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Troi Baxter (2:56:16, 1,479th of 39,429 overall, 117th F of 18,433, 45th of ~3,000 in F25-29) posted her second sub 3 hours marathon, just 7 days after her first in the TCS London Marathon. This appeared in advance to be a Herculean task but Troi sailed through the race with ease and with almost perfectly even splits, taking just 14 seconds longer for the second half of the race compared with the first half. This result is unquestionably a huge achievement by Troi and demonstrates complete mastery in her control of pace over the marathon distance. She was generous in praise for her closest running friends for their help and support over the months and years, some of whom were running in the race too, including Kerry Bullen and James Plowman.
Above left: Troi Baxter with Chicago Marathon medal; above right: Troi celebrates in her distinctive fashion. Many thanks to Troi for these great photos.
Jonathan Ollington (3:36:20, 8,466th overall, 326th of ~2,000 in M55-59), also put in a big effort and dedicated this race to his father, who sadly passed away recently. It was Jonathan’s fifth marathon and a huge PB by over 42 minutes compared with his previous best in the Brighton Marathon 2019.
Maverick Trail Half Marathon, Saturday 8th October, Grimsthorpe, Lincolnshire: Joe Cormack (1:56:43, 58th of 158 overall) and Olivia Carter (1:57:25, 154th F of 60), ran together and enjoyed this well organised, scenic event.
Mount Snowdon, Wales, Sat 8th Oct: Ben Blowes and his Vivo Outdoor Fitness team climbed up Mount Snowdon in Wales and then jogged down again for an invigorating day’s exercise.