UPDATED: Run For Michael
March 07 2014
UPDATE: This just in from Lesley after her run at the Paris Marathon in aid of Ride For Michael.
I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved in sponsoring and supporting me through my marathon journey. It took place on Sunday and was a warm sunny day around 22ºC. The start was at 8.45AM but the wheelchairs and professional athletes set off first, so it was about 10 am when I set off. As it was so warm by mile five my feet were already blistering so I had to get a dressing on the ball of my foot and then on my big toe at mile 18. I completed the marathon in 5 hours 37 minutes 18 seconds, having had to speed walk the last six miles due to the blisters, I was very relieved to see the finish line. Donations are still coming in and so far it looks like we have raised about £1100 for Ride For Michael, so it has made any aches and pains well worthwhile. Unfortunately it wasn't possible to take photos at the finishing line so we have added a photo taken post-marathon with my finishers t-shirt and medal.
Our accountant Lesley is running a marathon and hoping to raise money for Ride For Michael, here's what she's got to say:
I have worked as an accountant for Orange Mountain Bikes for two and a half years and am a keen runner. I have been running for about 15 years, but it’s only in the last few years that I have taken it seriously and have taken part in a couple of half marathons.
I was training for the Great North Run last year when Michael had his accident and decided that now would be a good time, if ever, to do a marathon. I am not an avid rider so haven’t been involved in any of the cycling events to raise money for Michael, I did however want to do something myself to help raise funds and awareness of his condition. I worked closely with Michael for 18 months and both liked and respected him.
If you’re not aware of Michael and his situation please take a look at www.rideformichael.org
I chose the Paris Marathon, which takes place on the 6th April, to be my first, but hopefully not last, marathon. I’m hoping to raise a minimum of £1000 in sponsorship for Michael whilst achieving a life-long ambition. Despite an injury earlier on this year my training is still on course to complete the marathon in about five and a half hours. It is the biggest challenge of my life and am really looking forward to taking part.