|Last weekend saw Richard & Nicola Kennedy leave 'not so sunny' Hunny and jet off to sunnier climates. Closer to home Maria Doughty braved the changeable British weather to run 50 miles throughout November for charity.|
King’s Lynn Triathlon Club husband and wife team Richard and Nicola Kennedy left the wintery delights of sunny Hunny and represented their club overseas competing in the Valencia marathon. The Valencia Marathon has been held annually in the historic city of Valencia, Spain since 1981 and is organised by the Valencian sports club SD Correcaminos.
Comprising of an entirely flat circuit and boasting perfect November temperatures, averaging between 12-17 degrees, this represented the ideal setting for hosting such a long-distance sporting challenge.
Runners receive free hot chocolate and churros before the race and goody-bags at the finish. The relatively small field prevents crowding and allows runners to make their own pace. The route is mainly suburban, avoiding most of the city, but with a scenic stretch along the coast. Notable sites along the route include the Jardín del Turia, Mercado de Colón and Palua de la Musica, finishing at the stunning Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe. There is also much live music on the route to keep runners entertained.
Actual temperatures on the day reached 18 degrees and saw husband R.Kennedy first to finish in 3:05:44, gaining 539 place out of 2,278 in the M40 category. Wife Nicola wasn't far behind and obtained a 7 minute PB and finished in 3:13:42. She was 35th out of 372 in the F40 category. This has qualified her for the Championship start line in the London marathon 2022.
‘’We both ran a negative split which was rare! It was an amazing city to run in (3rd time we’ve done it) with probably the best marathon finish line in the world…and just slightly warmer than the Hereward relays last week !!!’’
Closer to home club member Maria Doughty challenged herself to run 50 miles and raise £50 in November for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
The E.A.A.A exists to save lives by delivering highly skilled doctors and critical care paramedics by air or road to seriously ill or injured people in the region. They are a life-saving charity that is only kept airborne thanks to supporters like Doughty. This virtual challenge is one of many run by the E.A.A.A charity.
Since their launch in 2000 they have attended over 30,000 lifesaving missions. The crew comprises of specialist pre-hospital doctors and critical care paramedics, operating out of two high-tech helicopters from 07:00 until 19:00 from the Norwich base and from 07:00 until midnight from the Cambridge base. They were the first air ambulance in the country to attend helicopter emergency medical incidents in the hours of darkness to unknown and unlit sites.
Donations can be made via the link below.