Flanders Marathon

Also known as the Marathon for Peace, this point to point race follows the exact border of the frontline during the First World War of 1914-1918. 

Starting in the city of Niewpoort, this totally flat course follows the River Yser through the open landscape toward Diksmuide, through historical battlefields, passing numerous memorials and cemeteries dedicated to the thousands that lost their lives. Although somber in places it is beautiful, offering panoramic views across the landscape.

Team Wilmott took on the challenge whilst making the most of a couple of days in Bruges before the race. 

All smiles for the pre race photograph, but the nerves were jangling as they both hadn’t run a marathon for a little while, Jodie especially, having not run the distance since 2015 and having had both knees operated on during that time. 

No need for the misgivings though as they both smashed it! Peter, despite suffering a tight hamstring from 14 miles onward, still managed to run and stretch his way to a magnificent 3.21.32. Showing what a determined and class runner he is.

Jodie romped home in a fantastic 3.39.07, 7th female and 2nd V35, giving herself a tidy little Pb in the process. 

She declared it was her “swansong” marathon later that day on Facebook…. but we all say never again don’t we? …… until next time…..