Second London Marathon Approaching For St Mary’s Man

Martin Douglas

Martin Douglas

Being able to complete the London Marathon is a once in a lifetime achievement for most people. But one islander has decided to go back for a second attempt, 10 years after he first completed the 26 mile circuit.

And Martin Douglas is even sticking to his old training regime, though he says his joints are aching a bit more this time.

The 49-year-old Hugh Town shopkeeper says he’s determined to be better prepared for the event after having a challenging run during his first entry.

Martin says he got carried away with the atmosphere and set off too fast at the start. “It’s so different to running in Scilly,” he says “with 35,000 people cheering you on.

He was going well up to about 18 miles, then hit a “wall” coming out of Canary Wharf. Martin says one minute he was fine, and the next he was having trouble putting one foot in front of another.

“The wheels just came off,” he says.

But he still managed to complete the course in 3 hours and 35 minutes.

Martin says the experience didn’t put him off and he’s tried a several times over the years to get a place through the ballot.

Luckily his name came up this year.

Martin says that a lot of experience goes into good marathon running and he’s using everything he’s learned to get ready for event on the 13th April.

He also hopes to run the New York Marathon in the autumn.

Martin is raising funds for the Children’s Hospice South West and has sponsorship forms in Douglas Health and Beauty at The Bank.