“I joined BRC back in November after running the Bridgnorth 10k. I decided to join the club because up until then my training for half marathons had been very sporadic, I wanted to try and increase my distance/pace and ultimately was getting bored of running by myself.
The BRC team have been great and offered lots of support and advice!
I started running about 6 years ago just to keep fit and when I first started I regularly did a 3-4 mile loop around Bridgnorth. It wasn’t up until 4 years ago that I decided to enter my 1st half marathon in Ironbridge that meant I needed to up my game. My 3-4 mile loop around Bridgnorth increased up to 7-10 miles.
Over the last few years I’ve entered about 15-20 half marathons and a couple of 10k races but never made the jump to marathon. 2015 was to be the year I did my 1st and on the 8th March 2015 I completed the Wrexham Full Marathon in 4hrs 16 minutes, which i was more than happy with seeing as it was my 1st. Now I have something to work with in preparation for the next one.
The race was very well supported along the route and had plenty of marshals, drink stations and toilets. The full marathon only had approx 188 people enter. The weather at the start and end was ideal running conditions but about 15 miles in the heavens opened and the wind picked up which made the next five miles very hard to maintain the pace.
It hasn't put me off doing another one and I have already signed up for Wolverhampton in September. I may even try and squeeze a 3rd in for 2015 but still continue with the half marathons, next one being on the 22nd March in Stafford.
Look forward to seeing you all out on the road, keep up the training, be it a mile or 10 every bit helps.”
Well done Matt, keep up the training; it’s clearly paying off.