Co- owner of Bell Leisure, Lawrence Pearce has always wanted to complete a marathon before he was 50 and, at 46 and counting; time was running out. So Lawrence signed up for this April’s Brighton marathon and began a strict training regime which resulted in him losing three and a half stone. “The marathon training was extremely hard but I got great support from my wife and girls throughout,” commented Lawrence. “The actual day was very uplifting and enjoyable. I was on for a four hour 30 minutes time but the last four miles were harder than I had imagined and I finished with a time of four hours 47 mins.“
In completing the gruelling run, Lawrence raised vital funds for St. Barnabas Hospice in Worthing, Sussex, where Malcolm McMichael, of Bell Leisure, spent his last days before he died. Lawrence has raised over £1500 with some fantastic support from many friends in the pool and spa industry.
It is not too late to donate. Just go to: www.justgiving.com/LawrenceCPearce Norman Macmillan of BTU Pool Services, achieved his goal of participating in the London marathon after four years of trying. “I must say, it was a thoroughly enjoyable day and I was glad to get round the course before it started to get dark, just missing out on my target time of three hours and 120 minutes,” Norman joked. “The closer you get to the finish, the less concerned about the time as you are just happy to get to the line,” he revealed. Norman was taking part in the London Marathon on behalf of a children’s charity called Phab-kids which encourages disabled children and able bodied children to interact and socialise together. To support Norman’s efforts, simply log on to www.justgiving.com/norman-macmillan
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