Exmouth Harriers' Hatchard produces super run in Paris Marathon.

PUBLISHED: 08:44 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 08:44 18 April 2013

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Exmouth Harrier Lisa Hatchard headed off to the Paris Marathon with friend and fellow Harrier, Alison Milborrow, writes Ellie Sutcliffe.

Milborrow had unfortunately been forced to withdraw from the race itself due to injury, but was there to offer much appreciated support.

The Paris Marathon course is one of the most awe-inspiring in the world in terms of the sights it passes by, iconic structures such as the Eiffel Tower, Le Grand Palais and Les Invalides, and the two forest parks on the outskirts of Paris, known as the ‘lungs’ of Paris: the Bois de Boulogne and the Bois de Vincennes.

The race starts at the foot of the majestic Arc de Triomphe from where runners swoop down the full length of the Champs Elysées. From there the route twists and turns around the streets on either side of the Seine before finishing on Avenue Foch, not too far from the starting point.

Hatchard had a brilliant few months of hard preparation which included a new sub 1:40 half-marathon PB at Bideford. However, marathons are unpredictable beasts. They can be going superbly well and then, usually at around the 19/20 mile mark, the wheels can fall off, sometimes quite spectacularly. Luckily for the Harriers runner, this didn’t happen, and with her quality training to fall back on, she remained strong to the end, crossing the line in a time of 3:47:13 - a sub four hour marathon to add to her growing collection of impressive times!

This placed her 10803 overall and 277th in her FV35 category. There were around 40,000 entered into the race, so she did fantastically to be just outside the top 25 per cent of them. Well done Lisa, ou, comme disent les Français, ‘Bravo!’

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