BOLTON Harrier, Katie Percival, raced to a superb time under three-and-a-half hours on her marathon debut at Bingley.

Calm conditions greeted her and partner Rob as they travelled over the Pennines.

Starting and finishing from The Fisherman’s Pub, next to Bradford and Bingley Rugby Club, the race ventured out on the canal towpath towards Skipton.

The course is mainly flat with the small challenges of the three and five rise locks.

Looking relaxed at the start she said: “I have had a block of 18 weeks training and a good few three- hour runs in the Lake District hills.

“I am looking forward to seeing the 20-mile mark and then going for it.

“It’s a lovely environment and I will just keep taking it in to forget about the pain.”

She needn’t have been concerned as she thundered round in an amazing time of 3hrs 18mins, which was way under her target of 3:30.

After she got her breath back and some sustenance, she could not hide her delight.

She added: “I wanted to rinse myself and I think I succeeded in that.

“At halfway, I knew I was going a little too fast but I couldn’t slow down.

“It was just a case after the turn that I entered pain cave and I just had to treat it as one-mile reps.

“I eventually saw the bridges which I knew were close to the finish and I put the burners on.

“What’s next I don’t know but maybe some fell racing – I will have to take some time out to think about that one.”