Island Marathon Runner Facing Biggest Challenge This Year

Martin Douglas

Martin Douglas

A St Mary’s marathon runner is facing his biggest challenge to date.

Last year Martin Douglas ran both the London and New York races for the Children’s Hospice South West charity.

In November he finished the American event in 3 hours 28 minutes and 55 seconds, which was only 30 seconds outside the time he set in London.

Now, Martin will mark his 50th birthday year by running both the Paris and London races, which are only a fortnight apart on April 12th and 26th.

Martin says the usual guidance is to leave “a mile a day” to recover from a marathon, or 26 days. But he feels two weeks will be sufficient, assuming he doesn’t pick up any injuries on the first run.

And Martin may get more marathon runs in this year. He’s considering either the Berlin or Vienna events in the autumn.

He says once you get the bug for marathon running it can be quite addictive, particularly the camaraderie and the atmosphere of the event.

Martin says he gets nervous before each 26-mile race but has enough experience now to understand when he’s likely to hit his “wall.” He says his critical point starts around 16 miles, when he knows he’s still got 10 miles to go.

Entry into the Paris race is straightforward. When you pay, you have your place.

London has a lottery for entrants. There are some spaces reserved for charity runners and Martin is hoping to raise £1,500 for Children with Cancer UK.

You can support Martin by signing sponsor forms in both the Deli and the Chemist.

Another St Mary’s runner has had a place confirmed in the London Marathon this year. Bryony Lishman will be raising cash for Cancer Research UK.