Fiona Price & Karen Rushton win Silver!

EMANSC Half Marathon, Alicante

20th May 2018

Result - Karen 4th FV50 & Fiona 8th FV50

Team Silver Medal FV50 GB (Karen Rushton Susan Mc Donald and Fiona Price.)

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After a rocky 2 years, hindered with illness and stress fractures Fiona Price finally managed to return to competing for Team GB in her age group. A very happy Price!

Fiona says as we get older the majority of runners accept their times will slip. But as a very late starter to running (40 years old) she is still hopeful to get the odd PB. She feels quite young to the sport and is inspired by achievements in Avon Valley Runners and throughout Great Britain. You often hear her say “If someone in my age has achieved this, then IT IS POSSIBLE!!” This is a fact that inspires her every time she competes in a Masters European or Masters World Championship.

On Sunday 20th May Fiona was lucky enough to take part in this years European Half Marathon Championship race in Alicante. She was joined by AVR club mate Clare Wood. This was Clare's first international competition. Clare embraced the pressure and the huge manual of new rules that goes with it. It was a very competitive race and she nailed a PB!!

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This is Fiona's account of race day:-

"Events that I’ve competed in previously have always been split by gender but Spain were hosting and to create a much bigger atmosphere they mixed the men and the women with their City Half runners. There were no pens but we managed to shuffle forward through the crowds and plant ourselves very near the front. Surrounded by taller runners all talking in their own language was quite daunting and it soon became apparent that when the gun went off we would need the use of elbows to avoid being crushed!

The gun went off and as predicted it was feisty! I immediately clocked that Spain were running in groups and looking out for their athletes. Counting back and tipping each other off to avoid being drafted. For these competitions you wear your age group on the front and back of your race kit so the idea is to get past as many as you can in your age group but not too early on! It does feel like the longest interval session ever. I’m not going to lie, from 4 miles I knew it was going to be tough but I absolutely loved the challenge.

It was 24 degrees and the 2 lap course had a long hill in it. At one point I was behind a FV45 who’d just been tipped off I was gaining on her. She made several efforts to pull away and try and look back to check my age group but Id tucked in right behind her so she couldn’t see to be sure. I passed her and she sighed “50!” I was busy in my head trying to process where Clare was on the course. I spotted her and knew she’d pass her as well. I had a quick smile!

A bit of added pressure, but most welcome was (our husbands) Sean and Richard supporting around the course. After the half way mark Sean had been able to calculate where we were, and in his very quiet retiring voice screamed at me to say “You’re gonna get on the Podium, come on!!” On paper it looked like we might get a bronze but I can’t tell you how elated I was to score for the team and bag Silver! My emotions caught me out briefly on the finish line as realised what had just happened.

I really couldn’t have done this without the support I’ve had from Sean, my coach Martin, all my friends and family. Southwick Country parkrun, South West Vets AC and our AVR family.

For more information please contact Fiona Price on 07860 877896