Week 17: Sam’s 1st Half Marathon!

Wednesday 27th April 2017

This week was all about the big build up to Luke Vella’s gargantuan effort for a new world record: could he lift 5500kg worth of deadlifts in 60secs. The answer was a resounding YES! A fantastic achievement! Screenshot 2017-03-14 20.23.32From a humungous feat of strength followed 1/2 Marathon number 17 of 2016. This week I was tremendously grateful for the company of Sam Willis. This was Sam’s first ever attempt at such a distance! The route we chose would take us from Bath, down the cycle path, PAST HIS HOUSE, finishing at my house.

Buzzing from the roar of Luke’s massive crowd, Sam and I set out on a beautiful, crisp Spring evening. The conditions could not have been better. Sam was absolutely heroic in his effort to make it to the finish line. From 10km the boy was really suffering but battled on with each town on our way into Bristol a step closer to the finish line. Sam’s a lifelong Bristol boy, born and bred in Brislington and now living in Fishponds. Each town we passed had a different story attached. As the sun set over the city we passed through the Staple Hill tunnel and down into Fishponds. Agonisingly for Sam, we ran passed his house and down under the M32 and up to Purdown. A massive effort from Sam, I’m tremendously grateful for his efforts and the company! Having pieced together the data from the other night it appears that we may have actually run further than a 1/2 marathon- 22.5km for the night… sorry Sam!

At week 17 we’re just about 1/3 of the way through the year. My total keep totting up and now just tipping the £3800 mark. If you want to run with me, even if it’s for 5 or 10km just let me know and we’ll arrange a date and time. Thank you to everyone for supporting me and thanks for reading. Please find more info at http://www.bobsgrandappeal.com and support the cause at justgiving.com/bobsm100


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