Marathon effort for SportsAid
After months of training, Mortgage Adviser Ryan Shaw competed his London Marathon raising £1,500 for charity SportsAid.
The 25 year old from Grantham took on the 26 mile challenge to raise awareness of the charity and funds to help the next generation of aspiring Olympians and Paralympians.
Ryan says “I knew I would get round but was really unsure on how long it would take me to complete it. I set myself a goal of 3 hours 30 when I first got accepted to take part but underestimated how hard it would be and in my training the furthest I ran was 16.5 miles and was completely unsure how I would find the last 10 miles.
“On the day I felt great. Ideally I would have liked to have ran closer to the 26.2 miles in training but apart from that I had no injuries going in to the race, felt really fresh on the day so felt as ready as I ever would be to run it.
“First half of the marathon I felt really comfortable, with it being so busy I spent a lot of time trying to get through the crowds of people running but managed to do the first 13.1 miles in 1h:38 minutes which I was really happy with and still felt comfortable at the half way point.
“I think I hit the wall at around 16 miles. I started to feel tired and my legs and feet were starting to feel it around this point. With still over 10 miles to go I wasn’t sure how I was going to finish! However, there are a number of different points during the race where water, energy drinks and gels are handed out to keep you going which definitely helped.
“It was an amazing feeling crossing the line. Thousands of people are stood cheering you on over the last half mile which gives you the motivation for that last push. It was the hardest thing I have ever done but felt like such an achievement finishing the race and was dead happy with my time.
“I didn’t see any other runners unfortunately from Sports Aid on the way around but I managed to catch up with everyone at the after party including ‘Team Captain’ Zac Purchase MBE (Olympic rower who won Gold at Beijing in 2008 and Silver at London 2012 with Mark Hunter MBE) and also one of our current SportsAid stars race-walker Emma Achurch who came to cheer us on.
“I could barely walk for the following two days after the race and my feet have slowly stopped hurting as much. Luckily I had the day off after the marathon to recover a bit!
“I found the second half of the race really difficult but looking back now thoroughly enjoyed the whole weekend. On the day, the atmosphere was amazing and the crowd really keep you going. It’s an amazing feeling when you complete it and I would 100% look at doing it again next year. I would try and do it in 3 hours next time though...!”
To find out more about SportsAid visit www.sportsaid.org.uk