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  • 27 Oct 2016

    Mark Deans - The Faros Marathon and the Red Bull Neptune Steps

    I’ve had a busy couple of months since my last blog, competing in the Faros Marathon and the Red Bull Neptune Steps.

    In early September I travelled to Croatia for the 16km Faros Marathon which takes place in the Adriatic Sea. The format of the race is simple - a 8km swim out to sea and back again. The marathon is popular with athletes with a strong field of 44 international swimmers competing. I was pleased to secure a respectable 6th place in that number.

    One of the races I was most looking forward to and which turned out to be one of the most enjoyable was the Red Bull Neptune Steps in Sweden. The Swedish edition of Neptune Steps is an uphill race consisting of more than 900 meters of swimming and a tough climb over eleven locks. They amounted to almost 30 altitude meters in total so it was a big challenge.

    The competition takes place over the course of a day and is broken down into a series of heats and finals. After the heats I was placing second going into the final by a difference of just one second. I knew I had a little more to give but I wanted to save some of my energy for the final.

    That decision definitely paid off because I shaved a full minute off my heat time to win the race, placing me ahead of Sweden’s Olympic hero Simon Sjodin. This means that I am now a three-time Neptune Steps winner, which is a great achievement that I’m very proud of.

    Some more good news that I’m glad to announce is that Mactaggart & Mickel Homes will be sponsoring me for another year. I would just like to thank them for all the support they have given me to date and I look forward to continuing to compete in races over the next 12 months and securing some more wins for us all to celebrate.

    I have big plans for the 2017 season and will be sharing my goals with you in the very near future.

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