Garscube Harriers' Debbie Martin-Consani took first place in one of the UK's toughest endurance runs this weekend. The Scottish international finished ahead of the field in Saturday's (June 2) 145 mile Grand Union Canal Race. The non-stop race saw competitors set off from the centre of Birmingham en route to London along the Grand Union Canal. Of the 97 runnners who started the race, only 31 finished. Debbie took 28 hours and 1 minute to cover the 145 mile distance, a time that not only secured her outright victory but also meant she lowered the course record by almost 10 minutes.
Debbie later commented: "I really enjoyed the run, even though the night-time hours were quite challenging! It rained heavily for several hours, and although the course was fairly straightforward, in the dark you were always having to check your map."
Victory at the Grand Union Canal Race comes after Debbie's strong performance in the Glasgow to Edinburgh Ultra Marathon, in which she was second female and eighth overall. She will be hoping that her recent form will be enough to secure a place in the Great Britain team for September's IAU 24 hour world championships in Poland.