Griffins’ runners complete London Marathon
London witnessed its biggest London Marathon with over 40,000 having taken part on Sunday, 23 April. Two of the runners waved off by the starters, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, were members of staff from this firm’s London office, Ian Ramsay and Marc Graham. It was a great feat of endurance for them to have completed the 26.2-mile course and with such impressive times.
Ian Ramsay commented:
‘Last Sunday I ran my 11th London Marathon and 41st overall. I have been unable to get any long runs into my training bar one due to injury so I was a bit under cooked on the start line but with the help of the crowd, family and friends I managed to finish with a time of 3.43 so I am very happy with that!! I ran as I always do for my local Hospice Havens which provides palliative care for children and adults with life ending illnesses and is a wonderful cause. I am already looking to next year and getting back to being closer to a pb.’
To run one marathon is beyond the aspirations of many but to have completed 41 is an accomplishment that is difficult to behold. And of course Ian is young enough to complete many, many more!
Marc Graham commented:
‘On Sunday I took part in the Virgin London Marathon, during which I ran a very unexpected 2:39:12 which is a 4 minute PB. Having torn my calf in the middle of my training program and losing 4 weeks, I wasn’t expecting to run as well as this. The first 5k (3 miles) is mostly downhill so it was faster than I was expecting to run, I thought I would slow down to what I thought was a more realistic marathon pace but I felt comfortable so just stuck in the group I was with. Going through halfway in 1:19 was a little worrying and I found myself wondering how badly the wheels would come off over the last 10k (6 miles) – thankfully they didn’t!’
Marc finished the marathon just 22 minutes slower than Mary Keitany who set a new women’s-only world record, having finished in 2:17:01. The men’s race was won by Daniel Wanjiru with David Weir having won the men’s wheelchair race for a record seventh time.
All the Partners and staff at Griffins congratulate them both on their fine achievement. We were pleased to welcome them back to the office and to see that they are fit and well and raring to get back into insolvency work!