Boston Marathon – 20th April 2009

Tomorrow, Dave Coales, friend of Mike and GDM committee member, heads off to the States. He is running the Boston Marathon on the 20th and is raising money through sponsorship. He is hoping to run the 26 miles from rural Hopkinton to Boston in a personal best of 2 hours and 45 minutes, and the marathon itself brings Dave another step closer to his personal grand slam of completing the big five city marathons (London, New York, Chicago, Boston and Berlin) before he hits the big 40 next year. The race starts at 3pm GMT and you can follow his progress at  His entrant number is 1926. I’m sure you all join us in thanking Dave and wishing him all the best in cracking his PB. You can donate sponsorship via paypal on the ‘How To Give’ page of this blog.  

Monday was a tense and exciting day refreshing the BAA web-site to keep updated on Dave’s progress.  He completed the marathon, not a desired PB, but still a staggering time of 2 hours and 51 minutes. 

We heard from Dave, from Boston via e-mail –

“Boston is a wonderful course going through some lovely New England towns but the hills and the wind today made it oh so tough. It is my third fastest time out of the 10 marathons I have run on the toughest course I have run. I was hoping for a time of 2:45, I was on target until about mile 18, but I know how tough the final 6-8 miles can be on the marathon”.

Congratulations Dave, roll on Berlin!

Dave changes from shirt & tie to shorts & vest on Monday 20th April

Dave changes from shirt & tie to shorts & vest on Monday 20th April


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