Editors at two Scottish weekly papers are recovering this week after taking part in the Edinburgh Marathon.
For Graeme, his first marathon was partly an enjoyable experience – but also one of torture.
He said: “The last two miles were really tough. I had a problem with my hip and it was a case of just gritting my teeth and carrying on until the bitter end.”
With a finish time of under 3hr 50min, however, the 42-year-old was fairly pleased with his performance.
He said: “I had hoped to finish in around 3hr 30min or 3hr 45min, so given that it was my first marathon and the tough last few miles, I was pleased with how I did.”
And by completing the course, Graeme has raised £750 in sponsorship, which will go towards the Fife Free Press Group’s Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre appeal.
Graeme said: “Readers have raised so much money for the appeal that I wanted to do my bit.
“Giving up wasn’t an option – but there was a huge feeling of relief and euphoria as I crossed the finish line.”
Meanwhile there was also a sense of relief for Colin as he crossed the finish line, in a time of 4hr 30min.
The 35-year-old raised £500 for Alzheimer Scotland.
He said: “It was hard work, but I got there in the end.
“It was my first marathon – and my last. But it’s good to be able to say I have done it.
“It took slightly longer that I had hoped but it was very hilly – the last two miles were almost all hill, so it was very pleasing just to be able to keep my legs moving.”
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