'Marathon is more than tough' - but Keynsham's Harry goes the distance in Madrid

Published on: 01 May 2015

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A former Wellsway School pupil has completed his first marathon, pounding the streets of Madrid with thousands of other runners to raise money for a good cause.

By the time the London Marathon’s mass start was getting under way on Sunday, April 26, 21-year-old Harry Pople was already two hours into his race in the Spanish capital.

The weather was one of Harry’s main concerns, but as race day arrived temperatures stayed cool and runners were even treated to some rain during the event.

Despite suffering a painful knee injury, Harry, along with his former housemate from Reading University, Will Carlisle, completed the course in a respectable three hours and 50 minutes – achieving their goal of crossing the finish line in under four hours.

Harry, who works for Royal London Platform Services in Bath, said: "Everyone says that doing a marathon is tough... although leaving it at that doesn't do it justice!

“I found out a lot about myself as a person between the gruelling miles 20-26.

“For anyone considering taking on the challenge of a marathon I would recommend Madrid – although be prepared for a tough, hilly course.”

Harry and Will chose to raise funds for Clic Sargent, after the charity supported someone close to Will, and have raised hundreds of pounds for the cause, getting out and about with their collection tins and setting up a fundraising page.

Harry added: “Raising money for Clic Sargent has been the main inspiration and the generosity of people is always wonderfully surprising.”

Donations can still be made at https://www.justgiving.com/williamcarlisle.

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