Simon Completes London Marathon for EWB-UK
This year’s Flora London Marathon saw Simon Hills, 24, struggle through in the name of Engineers Without Borders – UK. The money raised by Simon will help to fund EWB-UK's projects both in the UK and across the world, and ensure the longevity of the charity's efforts.
Simon is an engineering graduate who lives in Surrey and trains in the beautiful Epson downs. Having already survived an 'Iron Man' challenge and with plans to complete a triple marathon this summer, he is confident that he will do his sponsors proud and complete this marathon with a smile on his face. Simon chose to support EWB-UK after maintaining an active interest in the charity and particularly their placement opportunities abroad for a number of years and they are proud to be represented by him.
Although developing some unsightly and painful blisters due to not being able to train as hard as he would've like, Simon finished the course in a fantastic time of 3:52:28, beating his colleague by a single second at the finish line.
Simon gives us this review of how the race went...
The race started slowly due to the sheer number of runners and didn't begin to spread out until well beyond the Cutty Sark at 10km. I joined forces with an unknown runner named Leroy at around 14 miles who was running for a muscular dystrophy charity. We pushed each other right through to the end and managed to keep around 8:30 mile pace throughout. Everything was going a bit too well until mile 24 when after seeing my fiancée in the crowd I did some showboating and landed hard on my left foot causing a massive blister on the sole of my feet to explode... Possibly the most disgusting feeling ever, like stamping on a giant slug in bare feet! The showboating also sparked off some cramp in both quad muscles meaning that the last 2.2miles was agony. Leroy helped me through the pain and due to my stubbornness to slow down we both ran the distance. The crowd was electric throughout and almost became overwhelming towards the end as everything got a bit blurry I felt like an animal in a zoo with everyone banging on the glass... under extreme tiredness, your mind can do very strange things.
A massive congratulations and thanks to Simon for completing the race on behalf of everyone here at EWB-UK.
If you would like to support Simon’s fundraising efforts please visit his Virgin Money Giving site.
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