New York Marathon Runner Already Considering Next Challenge

Martin Douglas

Martin Douglas

A St Mary’s man is already contemplating his next running challenge only a fortnight after completing the iconic New York City Marathon.

Martin Douglas entered the race alongside his brother-in-law James Stedeford and he said they were pretty much neck and neck over the whole circuit.

Martin completed the race in 3 hours 28 minutes and 55 seconds, only 30 seconds outside the time he set at the London Marathon in April. He put that down to the similar flat terrain although he said the wide roads in the States meant it was less congested.

James came in at 3 hours, 27 minutes and 1 second.

Martin said the conditions were good and the terrain similar to London although it was a tough start, crossing the 2-mile long Verrazano Narrows Bridge, with a 40 mph wind blowing.

But he said that died down once they were in the shelter of the buildings.

And while there weren’t as many landmarks en-route as London, he said the finish line in Central Park, with thousands of spectators cheering, was amazing.

Between them, Martin and James have raised over £1,000 for the Children’s Hospice South West.

And now Martin is thinking about his next challenge. He’s already applied for a charity place in the 2015 London Marathon and is considering whether to attempt Paris or Rome in the spring.