Marathon mission for CIPS member

13 April 2005
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14 April 2005 | David Arminas

Michael Winslow, business development director for Somera Communications, is looking to complete his fifteenth marathon in eight years when he crosses the finish line in London on Sunday.

Winslow, 57, says he hopes to come home among the first 5,000 to 6,000 runners - his "usual placing" - at around three hours and 30 minutes, knocking five minutes off his best time.

"I do it for a charity, Macmillan Cancer Relief, and I've raised almost £65,000 from all my runs. But I also do it to keep fit, so in a way it's become a habit."

He tries to run both the New York and London races each year if possible.

His latest marathon, in New York in November, was also his slowest time: "But I was running with a painful hamstring injury, so that's my excuse. For me, the important thing was to raise almost £3,000 for Macmillan.

In April 1998, he ran his first marathon, the London event, a day after his 50th birthday.

"My time was four hours and 15 minutes and I couldn't walk for a week after it. But I did raise £7,500 and that made my pain worthwhile. Then in November I did the New York Marathon, beat my time by 25 minutes and I haven't looked back, I love it."

Winslow wants to raise at least £5,000 from this weekend's run.

Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/mwinslow



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