Over the last two weeks the French city of Lyon has seen over 8000 athletes descend upon the beautiful city to compete in the World Masters Athletic Championships, and among those was local lad Kerry-Liam Wilson.
Kerry-Liam arrived just before the final weekend as he was solely concentrating on the marathon distance.
Originally two laps of the city but inside the latter stages before competition commenced the course was changed to four laps of a park. A 7am start meant breakfast at 4am, something the marathon runners aren’t used to.
The half marathon started at the same time but with different coloured numbers the athletes knew who to keep an eye on.
After lap one, Kerry-Liam was 19 seconds off the lead and one second ahead of his next competitor in the M40 age group. Coming into the end of lap two the lead was now 45 seconds and Kerry-Liam had now opened up a nine second lead over third M40.
Lap three saw Kerry close the gap dramatically to just nine seconds and closing in on the leader, Canadian Christian Mercier with the gap to third M40 Frenchman Sylvain Mouquet now one minute and 39 seconds.
Last lap was saw a twist of fate in Kerry-Liam’s position as a stitch appeared from nowhere but surprisingly he took the lead at mile 24. this was short lived as the pain was increasing with every step and Christian took to the front and would win the race and the World Gold medal in 2.28:42.
With every step now a struggle Sylvain cruelly passed Kerry-Liam with less than 300 metres to go taking World Silver medal in 2.30:33.
Kerry-Liam claimed the World Bronze medal with a 2.31:01.
Way out from his PB for the marathon distance but Kerry-Liam gave it his all.
He left nothing out on the course, went for it when the chance appeared but it didn’t work in his favour. That’s the cruelty of the marathon distance.
Good news was to add to Kerry-Liam’s day as Team Great Britain Masters took Team Silver behind France and ahead of Turkey.