Like a fine wine, Forden runner Andrew Davies is getting better with age after smashing a British record at Sunday’s Valencia Marathon.
The former semi-professional footballer, who turned 40 in October, ran a new personal best of two hours 14 minutes and 36 seconds, smashing the British record for his V40 age group by a whopping 40 seconds.
“I’ve been waiting a while to have a go at it!” he told us last night. “It was a brilliant weekend. I have a lot of people to thank for their support.”
“We’ve planned it for quite a few years ago now and Valencia seemed potentially to be the first good one to do shortly after I turned 40,” says Davies, who also knocked more than half a minute off his PB. “I heard good feedback about it from other runners who said it was a fantastic marathon so I’ve been eyeing it up for quite a while.”
With no sign of slowing up, Andrew is now plotting his next events and said he will sit down with his coach to discuss.
Andrew has enjoyed an incredible running career and in 2018, he won the 35-39 age category at the World Masters Mountain Running Championships. He has also finished 11th and 17th at the last two Commonwealth Games for Wales.
After breaking the British M40 marathon record in Valencia this month, Andrew Davies plans to spend next year enjoying off-road races before returning to the roads to try to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022.
Its been spotted by eagle eyed athletic nerds 🙂 that Andrew was wearing the brand new prototypes by New Balance set to rival the current flock of Nike vaporflys dominating the longer races.