Fin­ish line in sight for marathon man Sam He’s run 10 races in 10 months

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Barcelona was Sam’s lat­est run An Auchter­arder man has al­most pow­ered his way through a 262-mile char­ity chal­lenge.

Car sales­man Sam Miller (34) has been run­ning a marathon a month for 10 months since Septem­ber to raise money for Global’s Make Some Noise, and only has three races to go.

The for­mer RAF man, who is pre­par­ing to head to Lon­don this week­end, told the PA: “I have com­pleted three marathons lo­cally since De­cem­ber, mainly be­cause at this time of year there aren’t many of­fi­cial ones over win­ter.

“This in­cluded a 26.2 mile route around Auchter­arder be­fore Christ­mas, one around Perth and fin­ish­ing with Fe­bru­ary’s 18 laps of the North Inch.

“That was prob­a­bly the most bru­tal as it was soul-de­stroy­ing, but I had my friend run the last five miles with me to get me through, as well as my dad and other friend brought down snacks and drinks to keep my morale up which was re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated.

“In March, I had a trip to Barcelona where I was sup­ported by my brother who ran it as well. My other friends came over with us and cel­e­brated our suc­cess from a lo­cal pub - where we met them soon af­ter.

“I have the Lon­don Marathon this week­end and my wife is com­ing down as well. I think she is more in­ter­ested in the shop­ping than the run­ning, but she has been re­ally sup­port­ive and al­lowed me to dis­ap­pear for week­ends and a few hours in the evening dur­ing the week to keep up train­ing.

Sam, who has al­ready raised £5600, has run in Barcelona and Is­tan­bul, and the fi­nal fin­ish line is now in sight.

“My times have im­proved by about half an hour, but I’d still like to get under the four hour mark by the time my fi­nal race, the Strat­hearn Marathon in Com­rie, comes around in June.

“I’ve only re­cently picked up my first small nig­gle, in my knee, which has ham­pered train­ing a lit­tle bit.

“I’ve thought about dif­fer­ent op­tions about what I’ll do af­ter marathon num­ber 10, from set­ting fire to my run­ning shoes to throw­ing a mas­sive party. Ei­ther way, a cold lager won’t be too far away.

“I keep say­ing that af­ter num­ber 10 is done that will be it, but the buzz you get from cross­ing the fin­ish line and sense of achieve­ment you get is some­thing that has to be ex­pe­ri­enced to be be­lieved.

“I’ll no doubt sign up for an­other some­where down the line- but cer­tainly not ev­ery four weeks.”

You can sup­port Sam by do­nat­ing at www.just­giv­ing. com/1sam

Sam has the Lon­don, Ed­in­burgh and Strat­hearn marathons left to run

The 2017 Is­tan­bul marathon was Sam’s first race out­side of Scot­land

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