Two of our BSRC crew ran the Paris Marathon on 3rd April. Neither had tackled the distance before but both turned in gutsy performances in warm weather to finish the race tired but elated. So a very well done to Chris Cox and Hayley Bennett – you’re both a credit to the club and we’re proud of your achievements!
Chris Cox – “I ran my first marathon this weekend in Paris. I would like to thank you all for your guidance over the last few months. I haven’t been to that many meetings of late as work and illness got in the way but managed a good half then a slow second half in hot conditions. Not quite the 4 1/2 hours I wanted but crawled over the line after 5 hours. As a BSRC member relatively new to running it was a proud moment. “.
Hayley sent this into our Facebook page shortly afterwards ..
“I started running in September 2014 and completed my first ever 5k in the October and then joined BSRC in December 2014 when I told Alex that a marathon was a stupid distance and I would never do one! So in September 2015 after only ever managing a 10k I signed up for Paris.
On 3rd April after 2 days of rain I woke to a forecast of wall to wall sunshine and it wasn’t wrong. The beautiful course takes in the main attractions of Paris but also proved to be a real sun trap and with the temp reaching 22c my old foot injury came back with a vengeance, I started to struggle but the fantastic spectators and bands along the way kept me going (along with some pig headed determination). I eventually finished in 6:23:52 which was an hour over my target but did I enjoy it YES and it just means I may have to go back and have another shot at my target – so much for never running a marathon”.
Another club member was there, too! Omar Abu-Rish : “Well done Hayley, great work. I watched part of it from the Eiffel Tower, looked fab and very warm.. amazing view of it from up there – hope you saw my waving!”