Harrison is running back into form after Stratford win

The strain shows on Sue Harrison's face as she approaches the finish line. Picture submitted
The strain shows on Sue Harrison's face as she approaches the finish line. Picture submitted

Leamington C&AC’s Sue Harrison claimed victory at the Stratford Marathon on Sunday, her longest race for two years.

The injury-plagued Great Britain veteran said: “I needed to know where my fitness levels were so I decided this was the ideal local race to go for. My hope was that I could run under three hours.”

Running at a controlled pace, she reached 20 miles on target in 2hr 14min 51sec but knew that a headwind had picked up along the five-mile stretch of the Greenway, while the last two miles involved plenty of twists and turns and a grass finish.

Having led the ladies’ race from the start, Harrison held a six-minute lead over her nearest rival but knew she had to dig deep to dip under three hours.

She eventually crossed the line in 2:59:46 to record the third-fastest time by a lady on the course in its 36-year history, with just 12 men in front of her.

She added: “Those last two miles were tough and with the uneven ground and turns I must have lost over a minute and half. However it was mission achieved.”

The race was won by Nicholas Twomey of Ranelagh Runners in 2:41:41.