Jonathan Clare, chairman of our sister company Newgate Communications, completed his 12th Marathon last Sunday. Here's his summary of the event:
Another year, another marathon in aid of Spinal Research to fund research programmes to find a cure for broken necks and backs – devastating injuries that paralyse people like my brother and put them in a wheelchair for life. I’m trying to keep warm in the cold when I see a woman walking towards me who looks very familiar. She catches my eye and smiles. Knock me down with a feather – it’s Paula Radcliffe. That augurs well for a great race.
After a slow start – 50-odd seconds to get over the line – we’re off. Celeste spots me at Tower Bridge but I miss her. In previous years I’ve given her a quick kiss to huge cheering, and her embarrassment. I’m pulling consistent miles at around 6 minutes 45 seconds and make halfway in less than 1.30.00. By mile 19 the speed is bleeding off though. I’m only making around 7 minutes 15 seconds. It’s decision time: try to pick the pace up but risk blowing up or pull back and run strong and consistently. It’s the latter, and I cross the line in 3 hours 6 minutes and 5 seconds. Not bad for 60, and my third or fourth best time.
Spinal Research is a truly worthwhile cause. If you want to make a donation it’s not too late. The website is: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JonathanClare3