Once again all eyes turned to Berlin Marathon this weekend to see if yet another world record would fall.
Among the elite ladies on the start line of the world’s fastest marathon was Run-Fast / Brooks athlete Sonia Samuels, in the race that would culminate a season of hard yet smart training.
Earlier this year Sonia became the British Marathon Champion with her phenomenal performance at the Virgin Money London Marathon. This huge confidence boost coupled with her summer training schedule put her in a fantastic position to achieve the goal set for Berlin: to run the sub 2.30 qualifying time necessary for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
From the word go Sonia kept a consistent pace of around 3.30km/h, going through the 10k mark in 34:52. The halfway marker saw Sonia pass in 1:13:34, over a minute faster than in London six months earlier.
Unlike her race in London, Sonia showed no sign of slowing down in the final kilometres, crossing the finish line as first British woman in a qualifying personal best time of 2:28:04 and ranking her the 7th fastest female marathon runner on the UK all-time list. It will be some time until the official squad to represent GB will be announced but we are confident that Sonia has secured a well-earned place at the 2016 Games and we look forward to supporting her.