The run started at 10.00am and was 26.2 miles.First time marathon runner, Sam Pledger, 23, (pictured) a biology teacher at Wymondham College in Norwich, had nothing but praise for the event. Mr Pledger was running for the Macmillan charity and had raised £500. Donations are still being accepted.
Despite the sun being out Mr Pledger said it was “freezing”. However, the cold weather didn’t stop him completing the marathon in 3hrs 8minutes.
Mr Pledger praised the organisation of the event which he said felt very safe and comfortable. He said everyone appreciated what people after the race were doing; Mr Pledger added he received a massage after the race and was offered tea and coffee.
Mr Pledger said completing the race made him feel “very emotional”. The last six miles were made up of many hills which ensured the finish was challenging. But he said he was driven on by the amazing people all striving for the same goal to finish the marathon.
“The atmosphere was amazing, making it a great day out for the whole family”
Jason Smith, 19, had volunteered to marshal for the event after saying that he wanted to “give back to the community”. Mr Smith was also impressed with how well organised the event was and said he would do it all again. Mr Smith said: “The atmosphere was amazing, making it a great day out for the whole family”.
Article written by: Monty McPhee