Set against the palatial backdrop of the Palau Nacional, the start line of the Barcelona Marathon is a sight for tired eyes for those lining up for the off at 8.30am. Athletes were treated to a bright but cool morning with very little wind; perfect marathon running weather.
The race started promptly and Run-Fast athlete Frashiah Nyambura, along with another Kenyan lady, quickly set about establishing a lead in the women’s group.
No stranger to running on an incline, Frashiah maintained a confident pace on a hilly section of the course around the Nou Camp football stadium, home to FC Barcelona. Around 20km the gap between the two lead women began to widen significantly. Having passed the halfway point in 75:30 it seemed that Frashiah had a real shot of beating her personal best time of 2:33:31, set at the 2013 Brighton Marathon.
The Barcelona route takes in a host of wonderful sights but with no time to stop and stare Frashia carried on pushing in a bid to run a faster second half. With no female competition in sight it would have been a very lonely race for Frashiah, however she was fortunate enough to receive constant encouragement from her personal pace maker, Run-Fast athlete / manager Tom ‘Kiprop’ Payn.
Turning onto the waterfront with around 12km to go, athletes were met by a slight headwind. Frashiah had to dig deep to maintain her pace and with the support of her pacer and the enthusiastic crowd she was able to forge ahead into first place, eight minutes clear of the second lady and in a new personal best time of 2:32:26.
Overjoyed to win such a high profile race, Frashiah will now take some time to recover before resuming training. Her goal for autumn race season is to achieve an even better time.