Well to be honest it wasn’t what I was looking for thanks to some super awesome blisters that started at 15k. They tried to defeat me and while they did ultimately slow me (omg corners) I am proud to have fought through and kept my never dnf’ing streak alive. Still a pb and a new experience to race overseas. I will get my goal as I live to fight another day. Oh new pb is 2:37:50 apparently. Can someone please give me new feet so I can tour Amsterdam tomorrow? Thanks for all your support especially those who live tracked. #rotterdammarathon #blisterssuck (race pc:Jan K)
Nanaimo, B.C. resident Erin Burrett took more than a minute off her lifetime best on Sunday morning at the Rotterdam Marathon to finish as the top Canadian and 15th overall. In just her second marathon, she finished in 2:37:50 half-a-year after making her debut in the event at October’s Victoria Marathon (2:39:17).
“Well to be honest it wasn’t what I was looking for thanks to some super awesome blisters that started at 15K,” Burrett wrote on her Instagram page. “They tried to defeat me and while they did ultimately slow me [down], I am proud to have fought through and kept my never DNFing streak alive. Still a PB and a new experience to race overseas. I will get my goal as I live to fight another day.”
London, Ont.’s Leslie Sexton gave it a go on Sunday morning but dropped out before the halfway point of the race citing a lack of race legs following the extensive travel to the Netherlands. Both Burrett and Sexton arrived in Rotterdam early in the week.
I’m racing the Rotterdam Marathon and I thought it would be a good time to thank the folks who helped get me here. There have been some changes for me in the past year, not all of them good, but it makes me more appreciative of those who have continued to support me: my club, London Runner (@londonrunnerdc ), Runners’ Choice in London, and my coach, Steve Weiler. It’s thanks to you guys that I’m here, chasing a time I never would have dreamed of five years ago! Can’t wait to make you proud tomorrow!
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Sexton split 35:53 through 10K, which translates to 2:31:25 pace, her last checkpoint registered on the results.
Unfortunately not my day in Rotterdam. Felt awful from the gun, possibly didn’t handle the travel well. DNFs suck.
— Leslie Sexton (@LeslieSexton) April 10, 2016
Burrett spent much of the past month in Flagstaff, Ariz. training with a large group of fellow Canadians from British Columbia and Ontario before flying back to Canada for a few days and then off to Rotterdam for the marathon.
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On Sunday, the Asics-sponsored athlete went through 10K in 36:32 (2:34 marathon pace), the halfway point in 1:17:41, 30K in 1:51:02, before finishing in 2:37:50. Her battle with blisters began at approximately 15K.
Kenya’s Marius Kipserem won the men’s race in 2:06:11, a three-minute improvement on his previous best, and Ethiopia’s Letebrhan Haylay Gebreslasea was the top woman on Sunday in 2:26:15.
According to the IAAF, the international governing body for athletics, temperatures were ideal on Sunday morning with low wind and temperatures hovering around 9 C.
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