Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s women’s marathon runner Claire Grima has been making the headlines across The Pond where she beat the entire field of 179 men and women to win the SOMO marathon in Key West, Florida, on Saturday, by a massive 33 minutes, reports Tom Pollak.
Claire’s victory in an event known as the Southern Most Marathon was reported on the front page of The Citizen, Florida Keys’ only daily newspaper on Sunday with a full report and results on the paper’s sports pages. The front page had a picture of Claire crossing the finishing line with her arms aloft with the strapline “Claire roars to SOMO victory”.
Her winning time of three hours 5 minutes 26 seconds was relatively slow by Claire’s standards - she has a best of 2:42:51 set in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon - but it came on the back of four energy-sapping days on which she spent up to six hours walking the 27 miles from Key Largo to Key West each day, setting off at around 5am to avoid the heat.
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