SHREWSBURY MARATHON By SDN Member, Volunteer, Marathon Runner -Vic Davies

Sunday 23rd June 2013

As you all know, Vic Davies volunteered to run Shrewsbury Marathon for SDN a result of responding to one of our “tweets” on our twitter account shropdisnetwork asking if anyone would run Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon on 15th September 2013

We think Vic, has raised around £300 for SDN and we are proud and grateful to him for doing this. It was the first Marathon ever held in Shrewsbury, so was bound to have problems, unfortunately they were bigger than any envisaged.

As Grace Hough Paralympian Games Maker, experienced Marathon Runner, Athlete and SDN Volunteer said “ Well done Vic, you did well on a very difficult course” We all echo those words and want to thank those who supported you Vic. So what now, we must all get behind Vic now, for Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon in September. Elsewhere we will tell you how you can support Vic in his mission and if there are other “runners” out there who would like to run for us, please contact us as it would be marvellous support not just for SDN but for Vic if we could get others on board. Vic now tell it how it was…


“I am finding it very hard to put down my feelings about the Shrewsbury Marathon.  I was very excited with the build up, and really pleased to be running for the Shropshire Disability Network.  My training had gone pretty well, and I felt strong and was running pretty quickly.  I felt confident that I would run well and I was excited about it being a local race.


On the day I felt I ran really well, but just ran out of energy at about 21 miles, which is really unusual for me.  This was 21/2 hours into the run.  I did consider walking for a bit and than running again – but I just couldn’t muster the emotional energy!  Although I felt I ran well, I did find the race very hard.  This was not due to the hilly nature of the course, that really suited me, as I train on hills all the time.  What I found really difficult was passing people on the very narrow roads and the lanes.  I found this absolutely draining!


To my mind there were far too many people on the course and laps two and three were demoralising.  Many of the slower runners did not need appreciate the need to keep to the left and many were wearing headphones so could not hear requests to move over.  The stretch up to Kingsland was a nightmare.  You had fast runners passing slow runners going up and fast runners passing slow runners coming down, all running on one half of the road,  I was constantly dodging bollards, other runners and cars.  How there weren’t any accidents on the day I don’t know.  For me this type of course was made more difficult as I cannot see to my left as I have severe Visual Impairment. After a while, and after a few abusive comments this all made me rather angry and quite despondent.  There were many other teething issues with the race:  the delayed start, the chips, (or rather the information about the chips), lack of water on the final lap, inexperienced marshalling and the finish.  Hopefully, all these issues can be resolved for next year.  The major one is the route and the number of people running on it!


However, none of this is an excuse for not finishing!  I had forgotten the fundamentals of running marathons  and that is to pace yourself properly.  My favoured distance is the Half Marathon and I simply went off too quickly and blew up!  I needed to have run some more longer runs at race pace.  I will make sure I do this for the Snowdonia Marathon in October.  Marathons have a nasty habit of biting you on the bum if you don’t take them seriously, and that is exactly what happened to me.  I was over confident!  I knew I had the speed, but I lacked the stamina and endurance to see the race through.


On the positive side the atmosphere in the Quarry and the town was just amazing.  People had come out in large numbers to cheer on the runners all round the route.  Up through Kingsland and Coleham the streets were packed.  This bodes really well for the future.  I do hope they continue with the race as Shrewsbury showed that it really deserves a good marathon.


The stats:


Distance covered 21miles approx


Time:        2.30.36

Max HR:   182

Ave HR:    172

Calories:   1584


Half Marathon time 1.33


Ruby, went to meet Vic and his family after the race and comments. “It was an amazing atmosphere in the Quarry Shrewsbury that afternoon, as a non athlete many problems to me were very obvious. It was an honour to meet Vic, runners for other local charities and to get a “thumbs up” for SDN from Jon Tandy and his wife who congratulated people as they finished. The atmosphere was great, a sense of togetherness and it is an event, if it was made “disabled friendly” where SDN could do so much more. We certainly hope this will happen for any future Shrewsbury Marathons. Vic we will support you with your quest on 15th September and ask that the whole membership gets behind you for this, your blog is honest and from the heart, so if anyone would like to run for SDN or knows someone who will please get in contact with

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