Former Rothesay Academy pupil and Bute farmer Shaun Lyon took on a mammoth challenge recently – taking part in the Virgin London Marathon.
Given Shaun was recovering from an injured knee and a problem with his left shin, he was uncertain as to whether he’d be able to complete the marathon, but pressed on regardless.
Shaun set off on the first mile, which proved to be his fastest, with other runners from zone one, averging 5.5 miles per hour.
Once over Tower Bridge, he passed the 13.1 mile mark at one hour, 16 minutes and 20 seconds, a fantastic pace! At 17 miles his pace slowed, with Shaun feeling the early pace may have been too much.
Shaun was last seen by his supporters with 800 metres to go, passing at two hours 41 minutes, looking a little less than comfortable, but having made it to Birdcage Walk, rounding the corner at Buckingham Palace, to the finish line on The Mall.
This, he did in a time of two hours, 43 minutes and 44 seconds, finishing 285th out of the total 36,000 runners.
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