Double marathon duo add torch honour to list of achievements

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An intrepid marathon running couple from Caistor are preparing to take on the challenge of both tackling two 26.2-mile marathons just a week apart.

Keith and Linda Tyler from Caistor have secured entries in the Paris Marathon on April 15th, and the following Sunday will see them running another 26-miler when they participate in the London Marathon on April 22.

Keith will then be lacing his trainers up once again as he has been selected to carry the Olympic flame through Wrawby in June.

He said, “It is a rather daunting challenge for us to run these two marathons so close together especially as you get older.

“I am now an official `Senior Citizen’ and so pleased that I am still able to be fit enough to run a marathon at all.

“Our training build-up has been less than satisfactory though. I suffered for six weeks with a debilitating viral infection, which severely disrupted training and prevented me from achieving the long runs required for marathon training.

“However, we still both hope to complete both events”.

For Keith it will be his 33rd and 34th full marathon runs, and for Linda it will be her 20th and 21st full marathon in just nineyears of running.

Keith and Linda are both members of the Cleethorpes Athletic Club, and are running several races during their training preparations.

Linda and Keith both recently ran in the East Hull 20-mile race, and both completed that event with reasonable performances, which bodes very well for them completing the double marathon challenge.

They also competed in last weekends Lincoln 10k, with Keith recording 50.01 and Linda 60.30

Following this double marathon challenge, on Tuesday June 26, Keith then runs closer to home when he takes part in the Olympic Torch relay, as the flame passes through the village of Wrawby near Brigg.

He added: “What a great honour it is to be selected as a torchbearer for this amazing event. I am so proud and delighted to be a part of it all.”

Keith will carry the flame at around 4.10pm in Wrawby, as the flame travels from Brigg to Grimsby.

For Keith it will mark a unique double, as he also had the honour of carrying the Queens message during the Silver Jubilee Commonwealth Games Baton Relay, as the baton passed through Cleethorpes.

For the double marathon challenge, the pair are supporting the St. Andrew’s Hospice Charity, and would welcome any support you can give.

You can sponsor them by logging on to their website at Virgin Money Giving, then entering the name Linda Tyler, web address http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/LindaBristowTyler-1