Run­ners feel the heat in their fundrais­ing ef­fort

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Spotlight On Health -

Two Brighton marathon run­ners from Ash­ford cer­tainly felt the heat dur­ing the event on Sun­day.

On the hottest day of the year so far the 12,000 run­ners tak­ing part in the city’s eighth marathon found the go­ing ex­tremely tough as tem­per­a­tures soared to around 20 de­grees C.

Among them was Paul Bras­ing­ton, 39, from Ken­ning­ton who was run­ning in the sea­side event for The Friends of the Wil­liam Har­vey Hospi­tal.

He said: “I fin­ished the Brighton marathon in 3hrs 54mins, which was nowhere near what I was tar­get­ing, but it was very hot.”

And Paul now has less than two weeks left be­fore he takes on the chal­lenge of run­ning the Lon­don Marathon on Sun­day, April 23 for the same char­ity.

He added: “My legs were stiff on Mon­day but fin­gers crossed I will be fully re­cov­ered for a cooler day in Lon­don.”

A keen run­ner for the last 10 years or so, the Lon­don Marathon will now be his sixth marathon.

He has al­ready raised £520 so far by com­plet­ing the Brighton run.

n To spon­sor him visit https:// my­do­nate.bt.com/fundrais­ers/ paulbras­ing­ton

Also suc­cess­ful in Brighton was Jackie Jen­ner, 47, from Sin­gle­ton, who, like Paul, found the go­ing tough. She said: “It was ex­treme heat. I fin­ished in a time of 5hrs 4mins.

“That was longer than an­tic­i­pated due to get­ting cramp in both legs at 21 miles.

“I had to walk for two miles to get rid of the cramp, but I’m chuffed I man­aged to carry on and com­plete the run. I have raised about £150 for the Kent Sur­rey and Sus­sex Air Am­bu­lance.”

The Brighton Marathon was Jackie’s sec­ond. His pre­vi­ous marathon was in Lon­don .... 12 years ago. To spon­sor Jackie visit Just­giv­ing and search for Jackie Jen­ner. If you are run­ning in the Lon­don Marathon and would like to fea­ture in our spe­cial pre-race fea­ture see page 32.

Paul Bras­ing­ton ran the Brighton Marathon and is run­ning the Lon­don Marathon in aid of the Friends of the Wil­liam Har­vey Hospi­tal

Jackie Jen­ner proudly dis­plays the medal she re­ceived for fin­ish­ing the Brighton Marathon

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