The marathon consisted of over 23 thousand runners who raised over £4.5 million for charities. The marathon route consisted of 26.2 miles and the route passed towns such as Musselburgh and Longniddry after starting out from Edinburgh city centre. As well as the marathon, there was also a 10km and half marathon race.
A few days after the event, Simon was able to reflect on the event which has influenced his day-to-day life over the past 10 months. “From the moment I signed up for the event, I knew the training was going to be long-winded and intense. Looking back, I wasn’t wrong! Luckily for me I had a brilliant training partner in my boxer dog, Roxy. Everywhere I ran to, she ran with me. From the beginning distances of a few miles right up to running 20 miles at a time, Roxy was there with me.”
With this being Simon’s first attempt at running a marathon, he was still confident of running the route in less than 4 hours however the weather had other plans as he explains. “I had the intention of running the route in under 4 hours but I didn’t manage this mainly due to the weather. Soaring temperatures of around 25 degrees for the majority of the event drained my energy quicker than I could have imagined. Even though I did not beat the time I was intending to do, I am still delighted to have completed the race for both myself and for Diabetes UK.”
Simon suffers from Type 1 Diabetes and has done since he was 6 years old. So far, he has risen over £350 and with more sponsors still signing up the total raised continues to grow. Simon said, “I would like to thank everyone who has supported me from the moment I signed up to the event. From everyone who donated or even wished me luck, a massive thank you. It means the world to me and my fellow Diabetic sufferers. Running another marathon is the last thing on my mind as I continue to recover. But the feeling I had crossing the finish line made all the hurt worthwhile. Another marathon in the future is still in my mind.