Determined Laura's London pride

PUBLISHED: 14:42 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:13 26 October 2009

Laura Cowley (Herts Phoenix) finishing 20th in the womens race at the London Marathon on 22/04/07.

Laura Cowley (Herts Phoenix) finishing 20th in the womens race at the London Marathon on 22/04/07.

HERTS Phoenix runner Laura Cowley beat her personal best once again at this year s Flora London Marathon – overcoming various obstacles along the way. The Hatfield athlete managed to shave 30 seconds off her PB to finish in a time of 2 hours 48 minutes 25

HERTS Phoenix runner Laura Cowley beat her personal best once again at this year's Flora London Marathon - overcoming various obstacles along the way.

The Hatfield athlete managed to shave 30 seconds off her PB to finish in a time of 2 hours 48 minutes 25 seconds.

She was the 24th runner home in the elite women's field and 11th British lady.

Yet Laura felt her time could have been quicker had it not been for a cloudburst on the 22-mile mark.

She said: "If it had happened a bit earlier then it would have been fine, but I was running in one of the most open areas when it hit.

"It was really windy, and made running a bit of a struggle, and I do feel slightly robbed by Mother Nature."

However, Laura was well pleased with her efforts, having improved upon her first half time of last year with 1 hr 24 mins 30 secs as she pushed for a good finish.

"I went off a lot harder this year, and was really chuffed with how quick I did the first half," said the Herts runner.

"But I do think going for that fast first half made it really difficult for a sprint finish, and it was so difficult to get your legs going for the final section."

Cowley suffered a hip injury around Christmas time.

She has been running with a huge blister on her foot for the last few weeks, but she didn't let that stop her completing the marathon.

She said: "It certainly didn't help, but in a way it makes you more determined.

"I didn't get as much training under my belt as I would have liked, so it was good improving my PB knowing there is a lot more to come."

Laura is to jet off for a relaxing holiday to Indonesia before contemplating her next event.

She was quite rightly proud of her performance around London, and although she is having some well-deserved time off from training, running is never far from her mind.

"I will probably do some shorter races over the summer, and perhaps will take part in the Amsterdam Marathon at the end of October," added the Hatfield athlete.


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