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Big year ahead for Andy

Created on 10/01/2017 @ 20:27
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Forden’s Andy Davies has made the elite list for April’s Virgin Money London Marathon where he will be up against some of the greatest ever long distance runners.

The 37-year-old is one of only 29 runners announced by the organisers (pictured), with the top draw being legendary Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the world record holder for the 5,000m and 10,000m.

It promises to be a big year for Andy, who is currently squeezing in 90 miles of weekly training between a full time job as a college lecturer at the NPTC Newtown Campus.

“I am getting there slowly,” said Andy, who needs to clock a sub 2 hour 16 minutes in order to be considered for the Wales team competing at next year’s Commonwealth Games. His current best is 2:16.55.

“I didn’t have a particularly good run in Telford last month but hopefully I’ll be picking up now.

“Training will start properly soon for the marathon when I will be hitting over 100 miles a week leading up to London. I am aiming for a personal best. It needs to be sub 2:16 to be nominated for the Commonwealths!”

Andy will build up towards the London Marathon with two upcoming cross country races followed by the Alsager five mile, Trafford 10k, Wilmslow Half Marathon and the Liverpool Half Marathon.

“This should hopefully set me up for the London Marathon. I’m training twice a day, four times a week. It’s tough going but well worth it come race day,” he said.

Andy competed for Wales at the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, but the Welsh qualifying mark has been cut by two more minutes since.

But one thing is for certain, Andy will have a good go at qualifying for his country and making us all proud once again.



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