The price is right for Parkend marathon man David

By Liam Ryder in Athletics

PARKEND runner David Price is now a quarter of the way through his charity challenge to tackle 12 half marathons throughout 2017.

Price, organiser of the Lydney Parkrun, has now received £200 in sponsorship money to be donated to the British Heart Foundation.

Price recently took part in the Newport Half Marathon and the Porstmouth Coastal Half Marathon in contrasting environments.

His effort on a dry day in Newport enabled him to achieve a new personal best as he completed the course in 1h59.

The course took runners out of the town centre past the iconic Transport Bridge, and up through the lowlands around Caerleon before heading back into the city to enjoy the views either side of the River Usk.

“It was great to have other runners around me that I knew who had come from Forest of Dean Athletics Club and Lydney Parkrun,” he said.

“I would like to thank all those who have supported me so far in this challenge. My legs and knees are aching, but there is still a long way to go.”

The event in Portsmouth however was bitterly cold but Price described the route as ’spectacular’ with views across the Solent and towards nearby Hayling Island.

“It even included two short sections of running on the beach, and I came back with hugest medal to celebrate the brand-new aircraft carrier into Portsmouth Harbour, the HMS Queen Elizabeth.

“Not forgetting my new personal best, taking nine minutes off my previous time, finishing in 2 hours 44 seconds.

“The next couple of months will take me to the Bournemouth Bay Half, a chance to run along the Promenade; the Shakespeare Half which starts and finishes in Stratford upon Avon, and taking in the delights of the Market Harborough Running festival with their half marathon.”

Sponsoring Price can be done via his Just Giving page at justgiving.com/fundraising/1year12halfs.

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