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Neil had hoped to progress from injury and complete a local marathon in Worcesteshire in the summer but wasn't to be. But when you're in your 70's if you're out running it's still a great achievement!
Mark has had a year plagued by injury -
Nancey has also upped her marathon numbers to 3 now having completed Bristol 2 Bath
and Portsmouth Coastal in late 2015. Add on 3 half marathons, a 13.1 mile walk fir
St Luke's Hospice (Plymouth) and at least eight 10k's -
Anne was unable to run her inaugural marathon due to injury a month beforehand. The good news is she "finally shifted the injury" and is getting out for a run every day. Anne has no races planned; just enjoying the fresh air, wildlife and views!
Alex roommied with Danny in Chester and, likewise, hasn't been as active since, However,
he completed his first Tough Mudder (top centre in picture) -
Simon has been more regular with his running since Chester having joined a running club, Somer AC, for the first time, which he says has been really positive. He has done a number of 10K's, including Cheddar and Longleat. In April he ran the ABP Southampton Half Marathon which ran through St Mary's Football Ground and had a free pint at the end and in September he ran the Winchester Half Marathon (pic).
Chris (Nick's brother) has run various distances including the Bristol Half Marathon in just over 1 hour 28 mins and with Lucas in the Frome Half Marathon in July (pictured) but no second marathon (yet). he has competed in a number of cross country races with his employer, the MOD.
Sam has been a face of Team 40-
Nick turned 40 not long after Chester but hasn't run a second marathon, with his focuses elsewhere this year. He had hoped to run the Bristol Half Marathon as part of a family team to celebrate his Dad's 60th birthday this year but events led to other things.
Paul finished his college course and has recently started study a social work degree at Stirling University. He also ran his first ultra marathon, the Glen Ogle 33 in November 2015. Marathon wise he has notched up two more in Barcelona and London but injury has prevented more. other highlights though have included the Snowdonia Trail Half and his10th consecutive Great North Run.
Dave also ran in the London Marathon -
Emma completed a the Holkham Outlaw Half Ironman in 7hrs 55mins in July and, more
recently, took part in the Icebug Challenge Ultra Marathon (picture) -
Danny is awaiting to see if he's has got into the 2017 London Marathon and is also planning to try 5 back to back marathons. He was injured during Chester but has now recovered and looks forward to raising more funds for charity in the near future
Andy is also off to Tromsø in January but in the meantime has been to Berlin to run the marathon in late September in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. Andy has also run locally with Beverley AC and volunteered at this year's RB Hull Marathon.
Neil finally achieved a place in the London Marathon 2017 with a good for age qualifying time at the Manchester Marathon, (although this may have had as much to do with Neil moving up an age group as getting quicker he states!). In June Neil ran from St Bees head on the West Coast to Robin Hoods Bay on the East in just over 3 days, raising over £1,800 for Macmillan in the process and followed up 2 weeks later by cycling from Seascale to Whitby in a day, both fantastic experiences!
Chris Gibbons is training for the Amsterdam Marathon currently when he will raise funds for Bloodwise.
Neil admits he has put weight on since Chester (a stone as shown in the picture!) and has only really run with Beverley AC on club nights. He had been due to run the Hull Marathon but a lack of training put paid to that!
Matt has walked plenty since Chester but personal circumstances have meant running took a back seat recently. However, matt still has ambitions to run the marathon distance again in the future.
Patsy continues to run around 10 miles per week but has increased as she hopes to run the Derby Half Marathon this October with her 2 brothers and a niece. This is in addition to attending a running class at the gym each week and, for the second year running, went out for a 3 mile run at 7.30 on Christmas morning with other members of her family.
Jon, who had to drop down to the Metric marathon in Chester (and was the 41st runner
of the 40 team!) is still yet to do a marathon as such due to an ongoing injury but
joined Emma for the Iceburg Challenge in September -
Zoë & Steve Dale are almost inseparable in their follow up -
Zoë & Steve Dale
Rachel (wife of Simon above) was one of the first timers in Chester and has continued
to run since (which, Rachel states " I have Lucas to thank for that, because if it
wasn't for the Chester 40-
Maciej completed the Bristol to Bath Marathon 3 weeks after Chester before the Green
Man Ultra marathon. 75km of the London to Brighton Ultra (Did not finish due to a
problem with his kidneys). Add on the Cheddar half marathon, Neolithic marathon
and Green Man Midnight Express -
Lindi ran the London Marathon and was part of a relay day in the RB Hull Marathon & ran the North East Lincs Half Marathon in May. Aside from that she's been busy being active with the Fitmums & Friends with a few 10K's and is building up to the Hardmoors 30 in the New Year.
John 'Syd' has done a few 6-
John ‘Syd’ Meagor
Ben has carried on his challenges and been up to loads since -
Russel was pleased with a PB in March in his local half marathon in Brentwood in
the lead up to then London Marathon (pic). London went much better for Russel ("amazing
what you can achieve without flu before a marathon") with a PB of 4:00:31 -
Brothers Chris & Steve Knight were joined by their eldest brother, Phil, to run the
Basingstoke Half Marathon at the beginning of October (2016) -
Wesley is another one of the tough guy brigade -
Robert Young (aka Marathonmanuk) carried on a number of marathons and ultra runs in early 2016, including the Manchester, Brighton & London Marathons as part of a build up to try for the Trans American crossing record in May/June. The crossing ended up with Rob withdrawing due to an infection in one of his feet . Rob has not been running much since due to the subsequent injury and recovery. Rob also released a book about his running and background. (Note that there has also been an investigation into the Trans American crossing and, as a result, the data was deemed to be inaccurate and Rob's attempt would have not been valid)
Linda followed the marathon with a wonder round Chester finding the best fudge shop
ever! "Amazing smell oozing from the shop, wonderful rich dark flavour. Okay it's
not healthy running food but...........yum." Since then she has run the Chichester
10k, and the odd Parkrun. But has also done plenty of walking, doing 7-
James had good inetntetions after Chester, He has picked up his bike and completed the short course of "The Hell of the North Cotswolds" in spring with several medium length rides, but nothing too far or too serious. Due to having to alter his belt recently he has signed up for the Birmingham Velo next year. 100 miles on closed roads around, well, Birmingham. In the meantime it's running "to try and shed the fat" and riding to increase distances. James adds "having an event to keep me motivated is something I'll make sure I keep in my diary."
Kerry struggled through an injury in Chester but this is now much better. This year
he has been another of the 40-
Lee followed Chester with the Bristol to Bath Marathon & Portsmouth Ultra Marathon
in late 2015. 2016 has included the Glastonbury Tor Dash, The Green Man Ultra Marathon
(pic), Neolithic Marathon, London 2 Brighton Ultra Marathon, Cheddar Gorge Hilly
Half Marathon, Dorset Invader Marathon and most recently the Cotswold Way Century
Edd has continued to improve his times and fortunes -
Adam has not been idle since Chester! 3 weeks later he won the inaugural Bristol
to Bath Marathon in 2:31:29 -
Lua Stifani & Zara Jaffrey After Chester they took it a bit lighter due to Lua's
ill health with a few shorter races -
Robin Fox, who ran his 40th marathon like Lucas in Chester, has added 2 more since in Brighton (pic) and Milton Keynes. He has also done a Tough Mudder, in Belvoir, Leicestershire and is due to run the Snowdonia Marathon later in October (as is Lucas).