£2,500+ for charity

Monday 19 May 2014

Marathon man Mark Lewis, Assistant Director for Hospitality completes four marathons in four weeks.

Here is his diary:

22 weeks of training all complete; on average 50 miles per week!

Week 1 – Brighton

All excited and ready for the challenge. Damp conditions over a hilly course. Firstly out towards the Eye Infirmary with the mist rolling in off the sea. Turning round and back into the town centre to the roar of the crowd’s then out toward the power station. No crowds, a soulless and hard slog part to the course, then turning back on ourselves and heading once more into the centre for the finish line. Finished with a sprint to the finish and in glorious sunshine!

Completed in 3 hours and 51 minutes

Week 2 – London

Can I repeat this distance after last week’s effort?

The usual mass start, 36,000 runners with Mo Farah heading it all!  A lovely warm sunny day with fantastic crowds all the way along the course. Blister? Sore legs?  No sun burn!!

Brilliant day and a great achievement - same time as the week before!

Completed in 3 hours and 51 minutes

Week 3 – Boston USA

A beautiful city and full of emotion after last year’s tragic events.

Get over the jet lag, register and complete stage three!

Late start, 11:40am, over a very hilly course; Google “Heartbreak Hill”! A steady incline over 4 miles, lovely! In 70°C heat too.  The noise was deafening at points and the crowds were really enthusiastic and totally amazing.

An emotional and tearful end to this race, paying my respects to the 4 that lost their life last year as I crossed the finish line.

Completed in 4 hours and 05 minutes

Week 4– Stratford Upon Avon

This is it, the last one only 26.2 miles to go! Over 2 laps.

Only 3500 runners for this race, with only 1000 completing the full marathon.   A beautiful course, very picturesque and green.  Very few crowds supporting us, but I can do this.

Second lap, no crowds - never mind.  Plodding on, taking each step at a time, over a cross country route and finishing in the park with a real sprint just as the rain started to fall.

Completed in 3 hours and 55 minutes

A massive thank you to all staff and students that have supported and sponsored me. Hoping to raise in excess of £2,500 for the Charity “Whizz Kidz” who provide motorised wheel chairs for disabled children.

Mark

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