Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Marine have announced that super fan Paul Sutherland has completed his ten marathons in a month to help raise funds for the Club’s ground appeal.
Paul, 49, a rail strategy manager now based in London, completed his final marathon of the ten last Saturday in Freiburg, Germany.
In a grueling series that started in Telford on the 5th March his feet blistering schedule was as follows:
1-5th March-Ground Hog running track marathon (105 laps), Telford.
2-6th March-Cambridge University Trail Marathon
3-12th March-Leeds to Liverpool Canal Marathon from Leeds – day 1
4-13th March-Leeds to Liverpool Canal Marathon from Leeds – day 2
5-15th March-Weak at the Knees Marathon, Milton Keynes – day 2
6-18th March-Weak at the Knees Marathon, Milton Keynes – day 5
7-20th March-Pick and Mix Cross country trial marathon, Northants
8-26th March-Round the Reservoir, Northampton, day 1
9-27th March-Round the Reservoir, Northampton – day 2
10-2nd April-Freiburg, Black Forest, Germany
Paul kept a blog recording his amazing feat marathon by marathon which is published on the home page of www.marinefc.com . He has now completed 198 marathons mostly in the last 4 years raising valuable funds for numerous charities and is now so close to completing his 200th.
His final marathon blog for the race at Freiburg in Germany reads as follows:
“Freiburg was 2 laps but with long uphill gentle (not good on the legs) roads, cobbles in the centre, and it was over long, 26.6 instead of 26.2 and I was hard on the racing line and I still ran almost half a mile extra!!!!
Strange weather but too warm and it started at 11am; put that all together and it was tough. I tried my best to finish in style and chased the sub 3:30 pacers but they were setting a mental pace, managed to get half way sub 3:30 but then a small child ran out in front of me, I collided but grabbed her to stop her falling but by the time I was running again I was feeling it.
Got to 16 and knew it was over and worse I was in trouble. Mile 11 was 7:42, mile 17 9:42!!!! I was shouting at myself and doing everything to keep going, several people had collapsed in the heat.
I managed to keep jogging but it was a slog, eventually the finish loomed and it was crossed in 3:42.I had worked really hard, it was really tough conditions, but my Marine madness is over and I am shattered.”
Marine Chairman Paul Leary said:
“Just reading Paul’s blogs of every one of the ten marathons he has run in the last month makes you feel just what he has gone through-the pain barrier many times over. Paul’s efforts have been super human and on behalf of everyone at Marine I thank him for what he has done for Marine Football Club and he deserves every accolade for his achievements. If there was a freedom of Crosby award that I could give him then I would.
The best way for people to acknowledge his efforts is to make a donation to the Marine ground appeal by accessing www.groundappeal.co.uk and clicking on donate. Alternatively donations can also be made to Secretary Richard Cross at 74 Elvington Road, Hightown, Liverpool L38 9AN making cheques payable to Marine FC.”
Source: Marine AFC