MORE than 30 members of the David Lloyd Redway Runners running club made the trip to the Netherlands on Sunday to join thousands of athletes from around the world for this year’s Amsterdam Marathon Running Festival.
Several runners achieved new personal best times in the half marathon and full marathon.
Nigel Sheppard took nearly four minutes off his previous half marathon PB to finish in 1 hour 28 minutes and Simon Kirschner also got a new PB of 3 hours 55 minutes 23 seconds in the marathon, beating his Virgin London Marathon 2011 time by 11 minutes 55 seconds.
In total 22 Redway Runners of all abilities ran in the festival which includes the Amsterdam Marathon, half Marathon, an 8 km race and a mini-marathon.
Martin Lawrence, chair of Redway Runners who finally achieved his dream of running a sub-four hour marathon, said: “It was really fantastic to run in a foreign country and on a very flat course. With the three race distances it meant there was a distance to suit everyone and all the races were very well organised.
“We’re now in the process of organising another club trip to the Lisbon Half Marathon in March 2012.”
The club was formed at the start of the year and now has more than 130 members.
“We know that not everyone feels confident enough to join a running club and that’s why we have based the Redway Runners around fun, sociable runs,” added Lawrence.
“We encourage runners at any level to join us at any of our training sessions for a run and a chat. From the runner just starting out to stay in shape to the multiple marathon runner, there is always someone to run with.
“And the dark nights drawing in running with others is safer and can be more motivating.”
A list of results for members of the Redway Runners who finished the races can be found at www.redwayrunners.com