Here is a recap of the marathon season for Amy For Africa’s Amy and Chris Compston. It started back in April with the Boston Marathon and finished the first Saturday in November with the New York City Marathon.
Twenty-thousand gospel tracts were also passed out during the eight months of the second year of the Amy For Africa Mission.
Here’s a look back at the season:
Amy Compston, who ran a 50-mile marathon in November, came in at 3:39, about 11 minutes slower than last year’s pace in the Boston Marathon that put her among the top 15 percent of the women.
She still managed to finish in the top 22 percent of women finishers. More than 35,000 registered to run and more than 32,000 started unofficially.
Dances with Dirt Gnaw Bone Marathon, Gnaw Bone, Ind.
Amy Compston conquered the grueling Dances With Dirt Gnaw Bone Marathon with a first-place finish in the female division and also smashing a course record. She trailed for the first 25 miles but moved past the leader down the homestretch and incredibly sprinted to the finish line.
Compston finished in a time of 4 hours and 50 minutes on a course that many describe as one of the more difficult trail runs anywhere. The course included thick patches of mud, broken tree limbs, flights of stairs and plenty of hill climbs.
Amy’s husband, Chris, also competed in the Gnaw Bone – the first of six marathons he and his wife will be running this summer and fall – and finished in 6 hours and 56 minutes. That was good enough to place him in the top five of his highly competitive age division.
Hatfield & McCoy Marathon, Belfry, Ky.
Amy For Africa made its presence felt at the 15th annual Hatfield & McCoy Marathon on Saturday.
Even the feuding families had to be proud of the effort.
Three runners – marathoners Chris and Amy Compston and half-marathoner Danielle Wesolowski – were among the stars.
Chris Compston ran his first sub-4 hour marathon, finishing in 3:59.09. He was 58th out of 506 marathoners who participated.
Amy Compston ran 3:31.36, a time that placed her third among all female runners. She was 16th overall among the 506 (male and female).
Wesolowski ran a PR of 2:05.25. She was 35th out of 186 half-marathoner runners.
Old Farts Trail Marathon, Lowell, Mich.
Amy For Africa marathoners Chris and Amy Compston make their mark on the grueling Old Farts Trail Marathon in high fashion with 18 supporters cheering them.
Amy captured the female division and finished fourth overall in 4 hours, 22 minutes while Chris was 13th overall in 5 hours and 9 minutes. Eighty-nine runners competed.
Loonies Midnight Marathon, Livingston, Tenn.
Amy For Africa made its presence known at the Loonies Midnight Marathon, finishing early in the morning on a misty cold Tennessee night.
Amy Compston finished second place among females in 3:34.30 while her husband, Chris, set a PR in 3:57.58, good enough for 52nd out of 300 runners.
Erie Marathon, Erie, Pa.
A marathon season of marathons continued Sunday for Amy For Africa runners Amy and Chris Compston. The husband-wife duo conquered the pancake-flat Erie Marathon on a perfect day for running.
Chris, running his fifth marathon in the last five months, set a PR with a time of 3:55.57.
Amy shaved a few minutes off her recent marathon times with a run of 3:31:57, good enough for 44th out of 460 women competing. She was 16 out of 70 in her age group and 262nd overall out of 956 marathoners.
Amy For Africa was present and accounted for in the Bank of America Chicago.
Chris and Amy Compston and Jennifer Mault represented AFA in style with strong finishes.
The Chicago Marathon, the third-largest in the world, greeted 45,000 runners on a perfect day for runners.
Amy was the first of the three AFA runners to finish, completing the course in 3:33. Her husband, Chris, came in at 4:03 and Mault finished in 5:14.
Amy was among the top 10 percent of all finishers and top 4 percent of females in the New York City Marathon on Sunday in blustery conditions.
She finished in a time of 3:33.22, placing her at 5,061 out of 50,640 finishers. And was in the top 4 percent of her 30-34 age group. Amy was 736th overall among women and 169th in her age group.