Duo are marathon marvels

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MARATHON marvels Keith and Linda Tyler are still on a high, having successfully completed their double marathon challenge of running two 26.2 milers just one week apart.

The husband and wife team from Caistor have notched up their 34th and 21st marathons respectively by competing in the Paris Marathon and then, just one week later, in the London Marathon.

Keith, 65, said: “It turned out to be a tougher challenge than we anticipated as, ironically, we both suffered left leg achilles injuries during the final preparation.

“It was only thanks to last-minute expert treatment from our physio, Martin Ellis, on the day prior to our flight out to Paris that we were in any shape to run at all.

“He worked his magic and we both ended up both running very well during that run. Linda ran her third-fastest ever time of four hours, 59 minutes, seven seconds.”

Linda added: “Paris is my favorite marathon course, and it went really well for me.”

Keith was pleased too with his finishing time of four hours, 34 minutes, 19 seconds, as apart from the achilles injury suffered with just one week to go his marathon training build-up had not gone very well during those vital weeks due to a persistent viral infection that had prevented him from achieving any long runs more than 12 miles in distance.

One week later, in the London Marathon, Linda was in real trouble after only nine miles, as a severe pain from her former achilles injury returned.

From there on it was a struggle to continue, but with her typical grit and determination she battled on and remarkably reached the finish line in The Mall in a time of five hours, 29 minutes, 29 seconds.

Although she was a little disappointed with her time, she was so relieved to have completed their double marathon challenge.

Keith, thankfully, was fortunate enough to escape any further injuries during his London run, but still found his legs tired from the Paris marathon.

So instead of trying to go for a fast time, he resolved instead to just take it steady, enjoying the tremendous support from the crowds, and took delight in sharing ‘high fives’ with spectators along the route.

He still finished with a very creditable time of four hours, 50 minutes, three seconds, and he too was happy to have successfully completed the challenge.

The couple were running on behalf of St Andrew’s Hospice, and you can still support their effort by sponsoring them at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LindaBristowTyler-1 .