The 100th Marathon on Home Ground
Following the terrific achievement of last year’s first marathon, The J’s Hospice has announced the 2015 Chelmsford Marathon will take place on Sunday 18th October with a new and improved route, which sees runners set off from iconic Shire Hall and continue directly down the High Street.
One of the first runners to sign up to this event is local man Paul Bridges, 30, from Writtle. He ran in last year’s inaugural Chelmsford Marathon and was bowled over by the level of support received from spectators across Chelmsford, but particularly in his home village of Writtle.
'It was fantastic to see everyone out supporting us – especially as my Mum and Dad and my friends could be there, cheering me on!'
Paul’s aim for this year’s Chelmsford Marathon is to make it a round 100 – he has already requested the running number ‘100’ in anticipation of this fantastic achievement.
Paul admitted that his very first Marathon back in 2007, was a bit unexpected – while enjoying the festivities at Chelmsford’s Beer Festival with friends, he signed himself up to represent Farleigh Hospice at the London Marathon – despite being the kind of person that (in his words) "had never run a mile in his life".
After a considerable amount of very intensive training, he achieved this milestone and caught the running bug.
'I was not a runner or a sportsman but once I got the bug I started entering competitive races for fun. Whether it was 5k or 10 miles I was hooked. Now I prefer to run marathons. I ran my first marathon in 4 hours 37 minutes, I have now completed 72. Recently I achieved a personal best time of 3 hours 24minutes.
'I have now started running 2,3 and 4 marathons in a weekend as a new challenge to push myself.
'Marathon running has taken me to some very interesting places all over England, even Guernsey Berlin and Dubai – just a little bit further then my daily lorry drive for work!'
Paul is now gearing up for his big 100th Marathon at Chelmsford in October, where his family will be supporting him once again, as well as his friend Karl Randall, who will be presenting him with his ‘100 Marathon Club’ T-shirt live onstage afterwards.
To register to take part in the marathon or to support Paul visit the Chelmsford Marathon website.
The J’s Hospice is anticipating a lot of demand for the limited number of places. Registration fees for the event cover the administration, medal, technical, T-shirt and refreshment costs only - all sponsorship raised will benefit the young adult patients of The J’s – giving them the opportunity to live full lives with their families for as long as possible.
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