PETER Le Grice showed that his preparations for the Berlin Marathon next month are going along nicely with a resounding victory in the recent Indian Queen’s half marathon.
The Bristol & West AC runner (pictured) took time off from a busy summer schedule as a hotelier in his home town of Newlyn, Cornwall, to retain the title in a time of 71mins 50secs, 1min 31secs quicker than last year but almost a minute outside his record set five years ago.
“I really like the Indian Queens race so decided to give it a go and managed to come away with a win,” aid Le Grice.
“I have run quicker on that course but it is not a bad time for an event that is held half on road and half off. Also it was my first race since March.”
Indeed, Le Grice has not raced all summer since that victory in a Westward Cross Country League fixture after a knee injury forced him to drop out of the London Marathon at the half-way stage.
That was a crushing blow following a successful spell of training at altitude in Kenya, a month-long trip that had been financed by a crowd-funding appeal which was given prominence in this newspaper.
Le Grice returned from that training camp in outstanding shape but now concedes he may have over-cooked things in the build-up to London.
“I probably raced a bit too much and didn’t look after myself properly which led to the problem with my knee,” added Le Grice.
“I have sorted that out now and while I haven’t done the miles or speed work that I would have liked leading up to another marathon I will give it a go and I am really looking forward to Berlin.
“I may not be in the best marathon shape but Berlin is a super fast course and it will be interesting to see what I can do on September 24th.”