22 November 2010
Marc running for his mom and friend Kate
Early in November, Marc Russell set off for America to take part in the ING New York marathon. He said it was something he will never forget and something he would recommend that we all do at least once in a lifetime.
Marc said, 'I started off at a comfortable pace, running across the first bridge. Everyone was shouting encouragement. Soon I was through Queens and past the 13 mile mark….1 hour 45 minutes and I was flying but this soon changed. I hit the 16 mile mark, entered Manhattan for the first time, passed the Macmillan cheer point with a wave and a kiss, then my knee popped, I had to stop and walk for a few minutes but I was soon shuffling along again but at a slower pace.
'The 20 mile marker popped up and the pain started to subside and I was on my way out of the Bronx. Through Harlem and past the second Macmillan cheer point I appraoched Central Park and at this point the road started to narrow as the crowds started to swell… People had started to walk, but the crowd were having none of it. I entered Central Park and my pace had picked up, I was looking for my brother who I knew was just before the finish line. There he was, we shared a hug and before it got too emotional I was off for the last 200 metres of my epic run!'
Marc has raised over £2500 with more to come. He has gone through the pain barrier in memory of his mom who passed away because of cancer and also to support his dear friend, Kate, who is currently fighting this illness tooth and nail… She’s gonna win! Well done Marc and good luck Kate!