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Pete Lightfoot

Running Brighton Marathon on 15 April 2018

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My story

[p]I only started running last year at the age of 65 - starting with 5km Parkrun and moving on to do two half marathons in Bath and Cheltenham. This will be my first full marathon. I have just started serious training which means running four times a week in addition to a gym session with my Personal Trainer. The Saturday long runs start at 6 miles but build up to 20 miles as the event approaches.[/p][p]My wife Ann is registered severely sight impaired and has been Chair of the Trustees for Insight Gloucestershire for the last 10 years so I thought this would be an opportunity to raise some funds for Insight to help support the excellent services which they provide.[/p][p]The photo is of me with Olympic rowing medallist James Cracknell taken at a Cheltenham Parkrun.[/p][p]It is now only 4 days away from the event on Sunday 15th April. Over the 11 week training programme I have run 270 miles in training + survived 11 intense gym sessions with my personal trainer. Hardest bit was the long weekend runs which started at 6 miles then building up at 2 miles each time to 20 miles - 6 miles short of the total. I have fortunately managed to stay injury free and managed easily my fastest ever 10 miles last Sunday. Having had some early concerns that I had taken on too much I am now looking forward to completing my first (and possibly last) marathon. Thanks on behalf of myself and Insight to all who have donated. I know they will put your sponsorship to good use. The second photo is me arriving back home this evening following a 30 minute run along the Honeybourne Line.[/p][p]Start of the marathon was quite emotional with lots of people being interviewed saying they were running in memory of people who had died young. Event was started by the founder of the 5k Parkrun. Didn't get to start till over 15 minutes after the elite runners but no problem as start time recorded as the time you cross the starting line.[/p][p]Weather forecast deteriorated as event approached so took decision to run in long sleeve thermal top instead of t-shirt.[/p][p]I had set target time of 4h 40m as clearly achievable and 4h 30m as a stretch target. Started off feeling really easy so made my usual mistake of starting off too fast by overtaking the 4h 30m pacemaker. Not too much in way of hills but what hills there were were in the early stages. Good time to half way but then started to feel like hard work. Family there to support me at 16 miles but then became increasingly hard work and slower. Started off doing kilometres in just over 6 minutes but pace dropped to 7 minutes by finish. Pacemaker overtook me around 22 miles and I didn't have energy to keep up. First and only cramp frustratingly came at 26 miles - around 300m short of the finish so had to briefly pause and stretch. Crowd were really good saying "go on you can do it" and then applauding when I ran on. Great to see family again who had blagged their way to the VIP area within a few metres of the finish line. Really pleased that I finished at 4h 37m which was within my target time and managed to run the whole marathon without walking any of it (but did need two stops to discharge excess fluid!).[/p][p]Special thanks to all who sponsored me.[/p]
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2018 Brighton Marathon

2018 Brighton Marathon

15 Apr 2018


Insight Gloucestershire

Insight Gloucestershire




Go granddad! Love from Aurora, Sian and Neil xxx

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Good luck Shirley and Peter x

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Mike J

Good luck and well done on supporting Insight

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Good Luck Pete

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Mary Woolley

Good luck Pete!

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Alex (Pete's trainer

Just keep focussed

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Keep up the hard work training!

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