Brooke Weston staff members Paul Twamley and Adam Sonn battled through wind, rain and mud to complete their first-ever marathon last weekend. Adam finished the gruelling course around Milton Keynes in four hours 45 minutes while Paul’s time was five hours 18 minutes and they have the medals to prove it.
They have already applied for next year’s London marathon and Adam plans to run his tenth half marathon, in aid of Cransley Hospice, in August, while Paul will run his seventh half marathon at Birmingham; the fifth consecutive year he has taken part in the event.
Paul said: ‘Considering what the weather was like, the amount of people that turned out and all the volunteers, the Milton Keynes race was well organised. I can hold my head up high now and say I have done it. A friend has completed 21 marathons and he says it doesn’t matter about the time, to run 26 miles in those conditions is an achievement in itself. As you have to run with the flow my second mile was the fastest mile I have ever done so far, I did it in 6.55, which, for me, is quick. The first six or seven miles were brilliant but when you got around the lakes it was very slow because the wind and rain were battering you.’
Adam added: ‘The conditions were pretty harsh and I found the last seven miles pure hell. My legs were really cramped up and I was in agony. There was a Marine who was running for Help for Heroes and he kept pushing me the last five miles and kept me going. It was so rainy that a musician entertaining the runners with a jazz band was having to stop every couple of minutes to empty the water out of his saxophone!’