26 miles later
Lee Bell is a Senior Control and Instrumentation Designer working with OSL on the EKB Project in Germany. Last month he took part in the Edinburgh Marathon to raise funds for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, based in his hometown of Liverpool.
Having undergone a rigorous training schedule and strict diet for months in advance, we caught up with Lee to hear how the big day went.
"The whole weekend was fantastic," said Lee. "It was a really good atmosphere, with quite a lot of races over the two days in addition to the main marathon on the Sunday.
"My finishing time was 4 hours 30 minutes. I was a little disappointed with this but due to injury I was not up to full fitness. To be honest I was glad just to finish, having passed one vomiter and two runners with intravenous drips inserted at the side of the road!
"The first nineteen miles were fine but the last seven felt like 1,000! But then that’s the mental torture of a marathon I suppose; you just need to push yourself to keep on running."
So far Lee has raised £800, with more donations still to come in. His donation page will remain live for a few more weeks, so anyone wishing to donate can do so at www.justgiving.com/leebelledinburghmarathon or text LBEM plus the amount up to £10 to 70070.
"I'm really pleased with the response," said Lee, "and would like to give a huge thank you from me and Zoë’s Place to everyone who has donated so far. I'm looking forward to my next race, which will hopefully be New York next year, where I'll be looking to finish under four hours. I've completed two and a half marathons in the last seven months, raising almost £2,000 for charity. Everyone's so supportive!"
For more information on Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, please visit www.zoes-place.org.uk