Cambridge Half Marathon success for Perse runners
12 Mar 2020
George McLaren and Ed Gaskarth produced fantastic runs to finish second and third overall in their age group at the Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon.
The Lower Sixth students made it into the podium places in the men’s U20 category from a field of more than 70 runners in the age group with respective times of 1.23:34 and 1.23:46, while fellow Perse athlete Rupert Gardiner (Upper Sixth) was a creditable sixth in 1.27:21.
George’s achievement was especially notable as it is thought he was the youngest participant in the event. Runners had to be at least 17 years old to take part and George only celebrated his 17th birthday two days before the race.
Both George and Ed also helped raise around £650 between them for Cancer Research UK by taking part in the half marathon.
George said: “I was aiming to do it in 1hr 25min, so was really pleased to run quicker on the day. I’d run the distance a few times before, but I only once timed my run and I did it in 1hr 29sec, so I took five-and-a-half minutes off of that.
“I was injured for about six weeks over Christmas and into January, but since my recovery, I’ve been doing four or five sessions a week focusing on distance.”
Ed went into the race having exerted himself the previous weekend in winning gold at the National Indoor Junior Rowing Championships.
He said: “I wasn’t expecting to be as quick as I was because I don’t train massively for running. I’d been training through the week and hadn’t really rested up for it, but I got swept along by the quick people in the group at the start.”
Besides being happy with their times, both enjoyed being involved in the occasion itself.
George said: “The atmosphere was really good. There were even people standing on the side of the road at the back of Grantchester cheering everyone on.”