President of Software of Excellence, Brian Weatherly, has set a high standard for his colleagues to meet and raised more than £1,400 for Dentaid by running his first-ever full marathon on Sunday 6 May in Geneva.
Brian, who is a keen runner, has been competing in half marathons for the past 10 years and has been considering the step up to the full 26 miles for a few years now.
Brian planned a full training regime which saw him cover an astounding 1000 miles of training in the 6 months leading up to the race.
He also mapped out a pacing plan for the race itself and was delighted that his plan worked to perfection, enabling him to run the second 13 miles 1 minute quicker than he completed the first half of the race, finishing the whole course in a very creditable 3 hours 35 minutes and 56 seconds.
Brian was particularly motivated to beat a time of 3 hours 40 minutes, as coming in under this time earned some additional money for his chosen charity, thanks to a pre-race agreement with SoE’s operations director, Ben Flewett, who agreed to donate an extra £100 if this milestone was beaten.
Brian has hung up his running shoes for a short period but will certainly be back for another marathon at some stage, however as yet he has no firm plans as to when or where this might take place.