April 24, 2014
Unity runs the marathon!
Unfortunately Mo Farah missed out on his chance of winning this year’s London Marathon, finishing in eighth position with a leisurely 2:08:21 – just over a minute shy of the British record.
However, Unity’s spirits weren’t dampened on the day, as two of our homegrown athletes beat a Unity London Marathon record, finishing in just under five hours – 4:59:21 to be exact.
By day, the speedsters are known as Social Media Manager Lucy Pearson and Account Manager Hazel Beevers, and had been training hard for months beforehand – Lucy getting up to 20 miles in her weekly ‘long runs’ [a marathon training technique], and Hazel getting up to slightly less impressive 14.
In true Unity style, the girls ran the whole way round together, high-fiving each other underneath the arched one-mile signs – even sprinting over the finish line together holding hands. Who dragged who over hasn’t been confirmed yet – they have exactly the same finish time – but it seems the camaraderie was what drove them through those final metres.
After limping home to the Unity office on Monday, Hazel said:
“The day itself was so much fun – Lucy and I managed to have a laugh and chat (at the start at least) – plus we couldn’t have wished for a better crowd. There were spectators at every corner and bend in the road, and kids slapping our hands – it was so motivating. I went and sat by Nelson’s Column having a few beers with some friends after, watching the last of the runners to come through and honestly I would recommend anyone to do the Marathon for that feeling – I just felt so proud that I had even made it to the end!”
Hazel and Lucy ran the marathon for charities – Whizz Kidz and Mind respectively. They have until May 18th to achieve their fundraising target, so if any readers wish to donate, their JustGiving pages can be found here: