Swindon Personal Trainer Les Slinn running in aid of the Prospect Hospice completed the ING New York Marathon in 3hrs 49min on Sunday 5 November, smashing his time from last year by 15 minutes, finishing in the top twenty per cent of the field.
Over 37,000 runners started the gruelling 26.2 mile course including Lance Armstrong (cancer survivor and 7 times Tour de France winner), running through the five boroughs, over four bridges and with over 2 million New Yorkers cheering the runners along the route. Lance Armstrong stated in the New York Times that “it was the hardest physical thing” he had ever done.
Like Les, a lot of the runners were raising money for much needed charities across the world. Les said “the crowds were again fantastic, cheering us all the way from the start to the finish. The worst bit was after 1st Avenue a long straight road of 4miles, then you still had 6 miles to go, that’s when you need the crowd to help you!”
Fortunately this year Les managed to stay and sightsee with his family, before and after the race, seeing the New York Knicks at Madison Square Gardens and even managing to meet, shake hands and have pictures taken with Donny Osmond.
Money is still coming in but Les hopes that the final total raised will come to just over ?1000 for the Prospect Hospice.
Anyone who would still like to donate can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/lesslinn