DAVE Pettifer described finishing second in the British Masters Marathon Championships as the hardest 26-mile event he has ever run.
The Kenilworth Runner travelled to Ballabeg in the Isle of Man on Sunday where conditions were hot and the course proved to be very challenging over part of the Manx TT route.
Pettifer has ran an impressive 84 marathons in his long career but he found the going tough on the Isle of Man along the two lap course of hills throughout with one particular hill causing most runners to a walk.
Finishing times were slow as a consequence and although Pettifer’s time of 3:47.13 was his slowest marathon for many years, it was enough for him to finish runner-up in the V65 category.
The race was won by Phil Martin of Bushfield Joggers in 2:36.30 and the V65 Gold Medal was won by Trevor Edgley of Istead & Ifield Harriers in 3:35.50.