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Now Le Grice is set to tackle super-fast Berlin marathon

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.”