A STRATFORD Athletic Club quartet joined Sir Mo Farah and approximately 45,000 other runners to take part in this year’s Chicago Marathon in challenging conditions.
While Farah claimed his maiden marathon victory at his third attempt, for one of the Stratford contingent it was so much more than just another marathon.
By completing the race, Pete Evans joined the elite group of marathon runners who have completed all six of the Marathon World Majors.
Having previously completed Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin and New York, Evans will now be rewarded with the prestigious six star medal. However, he did far more than just complete the race as his superb time of 3:24:01 placed him in the top ten per cent of entrants and he was seven seconds quicker than his time in the New York City Marathon last year.
SAC club-mate Simon Bolton finished just 11 seconds behind Evans. His time of 3:24:12 was a PB, some 81 seconds quicker than his previous best time, achieved in Edinburgh in May.
Just two weeks after completing the Berlin Marathon, SAC’s Adam Evans and Sarah Boundy lined up for their second 26.2-miler of the autumn.
Evans’ time of 3:52:58 was just seven minutes slower than Berlin, despite the much worse conditions. Boundy, contesting her fourth marathon of the year, finished in 4:03:53.
“Adam and I found the conditions really tough, with hammering rain, high humidity and some very windy sections,” said Boundy.
“After giving it our all in Berlin two weeks ago, it became apparent pretty quickly there were not going to be any personal bests, so we just tried to make the best of a hard race and soak up the atmosphere.
“The entire course was lined with people cheering. The Americans love any excuse for a party and the Chicago Marathon was no exception.”
Farah won the men’s race in a European record of 2:05:11, while Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei won the women’s race in 2:18:35.