Marathon season has arrived and we are delighted to have so many people going that extra mile for The Wight Brainy Bunch.
Whilst Gary and Robbie McFarlane are seasoned runners and annually take part in the Great South Run, this will be their first attempt at a marathon, and have chosen to take on the Brighton Marathon on the 14th April!
Renowned for its buzzing atmosphere and roaring crowd support, the race starts in Preston Park and the route takes in the best of the city past many stunning and famous landmarks such as the Royal Pavilion, the Pier, the Bandstand and the Peace Statue before finishing on the Seafront. With over 11,500 finishers in the Marathon, Brighton Marathon is the UK’s second largest marathon.
On Sunday 28th April it is the famous Virgin London Marathon, and we are thrilled to have two runners who will be wearing Wight Brainy Bunch vests, in amongst the thousands of runners who will take on this iconic course.
We were lucky enough to be chosen for one Marathon place in the “Small Charity Ballot”, for which we invited Islanders to apply for the opportunity to run for us. After careful consideration, we felt that Colin Richardson was the perfect candidate to represent our charity at this prestigious event. This will be Colins first Marathon and he has been training hard and will be joining Mark at the start line.
Mark aquired his “Good for Age” Marathon place, having finished the 2017 London Marathon in a phenomenal time of 2hrs 59mins! Having been forced to pull out at mile 23 in his first London Marathon in 2016 (just a year following surgery), he put his demons to rest the following year, and will be at the start line in Blackheath for the third year.
They will take in all the famous landmarks of London, including the Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf and Westminster, before finishing up The Mall, alongside St Jame’s Park.
We wish all our runners the very best of luck!