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Turkish delight for Haverhill runners

Haverhill Runninc Club Istanbul Marathon 2012

Haverhill Runninc Club Istanbul Marathon 2012

Six members of Haverhill Running Club travelled to Istanbul to compete in the Eurasia Marathon with three others travelling to face the challenge of the 15 Kilometre race.

Six members of Haverhill Running Club travelled to Istanbul to compete in the Eurasia Marathon with three others travelling to face the challenge of the 15 Kilometre race.

The event gets its name from the fact that the race starts in Asia and finishes in Europe.

Immediately after the start gun fires all runners make their way across the First Bosphorus Bridge giving competitors stunning views.

To help divert runner’s minds away from the struggle of their 26-mile journey they could count the number of huge cargo vessels moored waiting to make their way through the Istanbul Strait: the world’s narrowest strait used for international cargo.

Stephen Reyes of the club said: “It became an emotional race for me.

“I was on target for a personal best but at mile 21 my legs began to cramp up and my pace dropped and I went over four hours, but my disappointment fell away as I entered the grounds of a mosque to cheers of ‘Haverhill’ shouted in Turkish accents.”

Marathon Finishers were: Dave Edwards in 3hr 48min; Stephen Reyes 4hr 14min; Eszter Valkai 4hr 25min; Yusuf Firat 4hr 30min; Shirley Fowler 4hr 38min; Theresa Jones 4hr 55min;

15k race finishers: John Oakes 1hr 3min; Simon Haffenden 1hr 21min and Terry Braverman 1hr 28min.

For all the latest news and sport see Thursday’s (November 29) Echo.

 

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