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This year saw me support a new charity. Dad had been diagnosed as a Diabetes sufferer in 2007, so I felt it would be good to support Diabetes UK for 2008's running. I had a slightly later start to the Marathon season, as I didn't run in London. Instead, I went to support running club friends and a cousin, Harriet. You can still read about it - just click London above!
My Marathon season started badly with the Neolithic Marathon in the May - which didn't go to plan and saw me drop out of a race for the first time. I recovered enough to then run the Edinburgh Marathon at the end of the May - my second time on that course, though a new route to 2006. In between all this I was running in the Champagne League - a running league for a number of clubs within the area of Kingston upon Hull. This gave me some new challenges on local, mostly off road, routes. I also took part in ten handicap races with my local running club and ran the Beverley 10K - resulting in a total of 8 races within 6 weeks! The latter of these (Beverley 10K) is organised by my running club and I was only fortunate to run it as a new club member. Usual protocol is you marshal and only run if selected for one of the club places. (Running clubs rely on race entry fees to help contribute to their ability to operate as a non profit social as well as running club). The extra bonus of running the Champagne League and 10 Handicap races was I got a bottle of wine for each for commitment!
The summer saw me run my first ever 5k race - The Beverley 5k Classic - four laps of Beverley town centre as a precursor to the National Circuit Race championships (cycling) that followed. I just made this race as it was at 6pm on a Friday - therefore straight after work! I completed the course in 19:29 - my fastest ever 5K if you include training on treadmills! The event was well supported being local and with four laps you got plenty of cheers. However, lap courses are not my thing as I found it tedious even doing the same course just four times! But it was good to do a different distance.
The autumn brought on my maddest period to date with two Marathons and three half marathons over five Sundays, with a ten miler on the sixth Sunday! But maybe we should add in - I'd built up to all this with two weeks leave at home on the sofa keeping weird hours watching the Olympics in Beijing. For someone who is more likely to go to bed at 2am, getting up at 2/3am for two weeks and trying to go to bed at around 6/7pm was a challenge! Fitting in training was even harder!

I took part in the Bristol Half Marathon for the third year running - joined by brother Dave and sister in law Rachel. The course once again frustrated me. After a couple weeks rest, I then went, by train, to Berlin to run the Berlin Marathon. This was the same day that the Marathon world record was broken with a first ever sub 2hr 4 minute Marathon. (It wasn't me setting the world record!). As ever, my cousin Sandra was with me as support. A great Marathon, although not as on the ball as London's organisation! From Berlin we took a week's holiday into Poland - spent my birthday in Krakow, and then flew to Newcastle for me to run the Great North Run for the third time. This was my worst ever half Marathon by the finish, as I finished in over 1:45 for the first time. However, that record latest a week as I ran my flattest and, bizarrely, slowest half Marathon (over 1:47) around Peterborough in the Great Eastern Run, with friend Kerry (we didn't literally run together so he's not too blame!). Clearly I prefer hills! (Note this slowest record was broken, again, in 2010!)
On my way round the Beverley 5K Classic
The third half marathon was, thankfully, better. On a more hilly course and with an amazingly strong head wind, I ran the Bridlington Half Marathon - still no pb but within my average half marathon range. So a week later and a trip to Dublin on the back of some erratic results, I wasn't looking too great for a good time.

I ran the Dublin Marathon with running club friend, Julie, and a German guy we met there, Dennis. I also travelled over with two other club members, Mandy and Steve. It was my second fastest Marathon in the end! It would have been a pb up until around mile 17 when my leg (or knee even) started to give me some grief and I lost pace with Julie and Dennis. They finished in a time of 3:25:40, I came in at 3:42:46 - which included a 5 minute first aid stop! Mandy and Steve came in around 4:32.
Whilst Dublin ended my official fundraising races for the year, which saw £1,000 donated to Diabetes UK, I went on to run a ten mile race (Guy Fawkes 10, part of the club handicap series) a week after Dublin on a very hilly course between Pateley Bridge and Knaresborough in Yorkshire. This was a club handicap race - I'd had 4 hours sleep and was on weekend six racing with the knee issue from Dublin still fairly fresh. How I ran it in 1:18:16 remains a mystery!

I am grateful as ever to the many friends and family who gave me support - Sandra continued her Marathon sideline performance in Edinburgh and Berlin, joined by many others who are acknowledged within the respective races. Your continued generosity is also appreciated as my fundraising total had reached around £19K at the end of the year
Media 2008
with Julie, Mandy & Steve after Dublin
Media Coverage 2008

Thursday 2 May - Beverley Guardian

On Wednesday 21 May I was featured in the Late Show with Steve Redgrave on BBC Radio Humberside's feature "Every Picture tells a Story". You can listen again online at www.bbc.co.uk/humber

Friday 23 May - Beverley Guardian

Friday 6 June - Beverley Guardian, (twice)

Friday 4 July - Beverley Guardian

July - DVLA Licence Magazine

Sunday 31 August - as an example during the sermon at Emmanuel Church in Salford when the Methodist Church Vice President, David Walton, was talking about perseverance!

Friday 24 October - Beverley Guardian

Friday 7 November - Beverley Guardian

Friday 14 November - Beverley Guardian