Swindon Macmillan Cancer relief runner Les Slinn has completed the gruelling 26 mile New York Marathon in aid of the appeal raising over ?2,000. In temperatures of 68 degrees Les ran through the 5 boroughs and 4 bridges setting a completed time of 4hrs 4mins and finished in the top third of the field.
The New York times stated “this marathon is the most challenging both physically and mentally”.
Over 36,000 runners took part in the race coming from all over the world. The majority running for charities like Macmillan raising much needed funds.
Les stated, “the New York public were fantastic, over 2 million along the route cheered all of us to the finish line, at 22 miles we all needed that boost due to it being so warm and it really did make a big difference,”. Macmillan also had a big cheering section just coming off Queensborough bridge at 16 miles.
The day before the big race Les and his girlfriend Clare entered a 4 mile friendship run for all overseas runners this gave him a taste of what the atmosphere was going to be like on race day.
Whilst out there Les was talking to Macmillan race organisers and was asked if he would perhaps think about running the London or Edinburough marathon for the charity next year. His answer “let me get over this one first!”