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Grantham Running Club’s Daniel Pearce travels to Cyprus to race in the Ayia Napa Half Marathon on Nissi Beach

Life really has been a beach for one Grantham Running Club runner this month.

Daniel Pearce travelled to Cyprus to race in the Ayia Napa Half Marathon which was staged on Nissi Beach.

An international field of more than 100 runners took part in the event which was organised by Nireas Triathlon.

Daniel Pearce.
Daniel Pearce.

An 8am start time was planned to try and minimise the effect of the winter heat.

The sun still played a part though as the temperature began to rise gradually as the race progressed.

The route took in three laps of seven kilometres each, looping from Nissi Beach to the new harbour at Agia Thekla.

Daniel Pearce
Daniel Pearce

This allowed for marshalling of several events at the same time as other runners tackled distances of 5 and 10k, plus there was the introduction to this year's edition of an exciting half marathon three person team relay, with each team member taking on a lap of the full course.

Not only did it look like good fun, it also inadvertently added a bonus to Daniel's race as fresher runners joined the course along the way and acted as pacesetters which helped him keep up a quick pace as he began to tire later on.

Daniel started quickly and stayed ahead of his target time until the sun took its toll late on, but he was very pleased to come home in 1:31:32, an official personal best and good enough for 13th place and sixth in his age category.

The race was won by former Notts AC runner Richard O'Sullivan in 1:21:33.

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