Staff members Paul Twamley and Adam Sonn are competing in their first-ever marathon, taking part in the Milton Keynes event this Sunday. Both entered the recent Milton Keynes half marathon and Paul vowed that if he completed it in under two hours he would tackle the full distance.
His time of one hour 53 minutes ensured that he will be lined up outside stadiummk, to compete in the first ever marathon staged in Milton Keynes, alongside Adam, who himself has completed around nine half marathons.
Adam has been running for around five years while Paul started four years ago as part of the fund-raising initiative at Brooke Weston in which £16,000 was raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Both men train hard with Paul aiming for a time of around four and a half hours, while Adam, who runs four times a week and also takes part in martial arts, is hoping to complete the distance in four hours.
Their advice to novice runners is to start off slowly, pace yourselves and don’t buy too much expensive kit although both Paul and Adam have watches that track the progress of their race, calculating data on speed and distance so they can analyse their performance afterwards. Both are planning to apply for next year’s London marathon.
Paul said: ‘You have got to pace yourself, you can't really go out at the speed that you would do for a half marathon, you have got to remember that once you have got 13 miles out of the way you have got another 13 miles to do. I am splitting my race into four 10k sections, trying to complete each in around an hour, which leaves a final stretch that I hope to complete in around 15 or 20 minutes.’