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Apr 15 2013

James goes the extra mile for charity at Brighton marathon

Brighton-Marathon-2012Following a long and cold UK winter, spring finally arrived at the south coast yesterday for the 4th Annual Brighton Marathon. A record number of participants undertook the 26.2m course located along the seafront and through picturesque Preston Park.James at Brighton Marathon

One of those runners was my colleague James Still who for the last few  months had dedicated himself to a tough training regime in preparation for the event. James was running for Cancer Research UK, a charity which is close to his heart and had hoped to raise £600 for them. His training plan was disrupted by the unseasonably bleak weather and he had to manage a shin splints condition to ensure he had a chance of making the starting line.

James isn’t a natural runner; in fact up until last September the most he had run before in one session was 5 Kilometres. The goal of his training was to build up his fitness and stamina. With the distances increasing on each practice run, he set a new personal best by breaking the 15 mile barrier earlier this month.

James’s marathon started shortly after 9am yesterday and the weather conditions were favourable in that it was cloudy and dry. James found the first few miles comfortable, was able to keep a decent pace and positioned himself in the midfield of runners. In addition to finishing, his other goal was to complete the course within 5 hrs. This target was under threat when James exceeded his previous best of 15 miles and the going got increasingly tougher.

James at end of Brighton MarathonWhen he reached 22 miles he experienced “hitting the wall” in that his body was painfully reminding him that he was pushing himself too far. Refusing to capitulate, James soldiered on through the physical discomfort of the final 4 miles and completed the course in a respectable time of 4hr 57mins, which for a relative newcomer to distance running is no small feat.

In addition, he smashed his fund raising target of £600, raising over £2000 (including gift aid) in the process.

All the team at CONJECT are very proud of his accomplishments!

If you would like to contribute to James’s Just Giving fundraising page for Cancer Research UK, please click here:

To find out more about Cancer Research UK please click here.

 

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About the author

Michelle Mason

Michelle Mason leads the UK and MEAP Marketing team, with far too many years in B2B marketing to mention. A CONJECT newbie, Michelle is eagerly climbing a steep learning curve.

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