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Mark and Tim shine in sunny Amsterdam Marathon

Mark Wilkins and Tim Kerr ran the Amsterdam Marathon on 17 October in cool sunny conditions with little wind - ideal for marathon running - and both recorded personal bests by significant margins. [img:746f] Mark Wilkins (right in this photo) finished 106th of 7880 finishers in 2 hrs 44 mins 18 secs, knocking 5 minutes off his PB and in the process took a notable scalp when finishing almost 3 minutes ahead of Dean Lacy, reigning Kent Cross Country champion. At 30k, Lacy was 10 mins ahead, averaging 17km/hour to Mark's 15 - Mark held his pace at 15 all the way to the end, while Lacy's reduced to under 9 for the last 4 miles. Tim Kerr knocked minutes off his PB, finished 276th Vet-50 in 3 hrs 43 mins 34 secs and.... his last 4 miles were at 11km/hour so he can now claim that, for 4 miles, he was FASTER than the Kent Senior Men's cross-country champion....! It is believed both PBs are due to the carbo-loading meal the Invicta runners and families enjoyed the evening before. Ethiopian Getu Feleke moves to 8th in the World All-Time list by running a new course record of 2:05:44 - Amsterdam is now the 5th fastest of the Big City Marathons To view official splits or photos of both lads click appropriate underlined text..... .....[url=http://www.marathon-photos.com/scripts/event.py?event=Sports/NFNL/2010/Amsterdam%20Marathon&new_search=1&match=460]Mark Wilkins Amsterdam 2010 (photos)[/url] .....[url=http://evenementen.uitslagen.nl/2010/amsterdammarathon/graph.php?s=460&n=Mark%20Wilkins&t=19:19,38:07,56:56,1:16:04,1:20:19,1:35:17,1:54:22,2:14:34,2:35:13,2:44:18&l=en]Mark Wilkins Amsterdam 2010 (splits)[/url] .....[url=http://www.marathon-photos.com/scripts/event.py?event=Sports/NFNL/2010/Amsterdam%20Marathon&new_search=1&match=8225]Tim Kerr Amsterdam 2010 (photos)[/url].....[url=http://evenementen.uitslagen.nl/2010/amsterdammarathon/graph.php?s=8225&n=Tim%20Kerr&t=27:55,54:06,1:20:10,1:46:10,1:52:03,2:12:13,2:38:19,3:04:30,3:31:23,3:43:34&l=en]Tim Kerr Amsterdam 2010 (splits)[/url]