15 OCT 2017

Maidstone Marathon

MP presents awards successful runners

Helen and Winner Bradley Cameron

Former Minister for Sport and MP for Maidstone & The Weald Helen Grant took a trip down memory lane last Sunday at the Maidstone marathon. She was there to present awards to the top runners in the full and half marathons, organised by athletics club Maidstone Harriers.

An estimated 500 runners took part in the two races which were blessed with good weather. Helen was at the finish line at Cornwallis Academy to welcome home the exhausted runners.

Helen said:

'The last time I ran a marathon was a few days before my first General Election in London in 2010. It was pretty tough but I remember the joy of the achievement of finishing, the comradery of the other runners and the enduring support of spectators all along the way.

I know participants in the Maidstone half and full marathons this year had trained accordingly, but the hilly course was clearly very demanding and I wish everyone a quick recovery'.

The winner of the full Marathon was Bradley Cameron from Thanet Roadrunners AC.

Bradley said 'I am so pleased. This was my peronal best by a long mile but it was a tough course because of all the hills. I reached my first wall at about mile 21 but the whole of the last three miles was very testing'.

I've been training for 39 days on the trot for this race, running about 80 miles a week and I now feel confident enough to go for the Malaga Marathon next month on 10th December'.

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