This weekend Fusion Wellness Leisure Club Manager, Andrew Phillips, completed the first Newport Marathon with members Jamie Watkins, Billy Bishop and Peter Williams.
How many miles in a marathon?
There are 26.2 miles or 42.2 kilometres in a marathon. Apparently, the first marathon commemorated the run of a soldier that ran from a battlefield near a town called Marathon in Greece to Athens in 490BC. According to legend, he ran to announce the defeat of the Persians.
The route for the Newport Marathon has been described as one of the UK’s flattest and fastest marathon courses, taking in a host of iconic landmarks, picturesque medieval villages and Newport’s recently regenerated city centre.
Big smiles, or is it nerves, before the race starts. Left-right; Peter Williams, Jamie Watkins, Billy Bishop and Andrew Phillips
When did the training start?
All of the running team were active before signing up to the marathon, however their training schedule had to change to take into account some longer runs. This was ramped up 8 weeks before trying to increase the distances whilst maintaining a comfortable pace, to build up endurance and the time spent on their feet. Some interval training was also used to help with stamina, running short distances at a fast rate with a short break in-between.
Two weeks before the date, Andrew took on an injury to his calf. Worried that he would have to drop out; he had to delegate leading some of our weekly fitness classes to his team and also had intensive physio.
Supporting Cancer Research Wales
As one of Wales’ leading cancer charities it was only fitting that the team supported Cancer Research Wales, especially as all money raised in Wales is spent in Wales. They are dedicated to the pursuit of a cure for cancer, and are making vital progress into prevention, early diagnosis and better treatment which will benefit cancer patients.
With some late donations, and the promises of more after seeing the teams efforts, over £1000 has been raised so far.
“The money you have raised will be an enormous help to fund our cutting edge research projects happening here in Wales – helping us with our fight to achieve a Wales without cancer. Please know that we are all extremely proud of you!” Dale Evans, Fundraiser, Cancer Research Wales
Crossing the line
The team crossed the line just under 4 hours, which they had all be hoping for. Everyone who completed the Newport Marathon received a finishers t-shirt and commemorative medal. Less than 1% of the population in the UK have actually run a marathon – so we are really proud of them, and their fundraising efforts!
The runners proudly wear their finishers medals whilst enjoying a well deserved celebratory drink