A group of 48 local people recently took part in a running club trip to Barcelona, 29 runners and 19 supporters. Of the 29 Tadley Runners who completed the Barcelona marathon, sponsored by Zurich Insurance, 9 were tackling the 26.2 mile distance for the very first time. Other members are experienced marathon runners, having now clocked up a total of more than 180 between them.
On the day before the marathon, the race organisers laid on a very special breakfast event for all participants, which involved running the last 4 km of the Olympic Marathon route in 1992, and finishing on the track in the Olympic Stadium.
Conditions were ideal on the Sunday, the day of the race, with cool air and no wind for the runners, but plenty of sunshine to bring out the supporters! 14 members of the club were rewarded for all their hard training with PBs. Special running vests were designed for the trip, which included the bright colours of the Spanish and UK flags, making them easy for their supporters to identify among the 15,000 runners. All club members wore black ribbons pinned to their vest in memory of their fellow club member Tim O’Sullivan who had done so much for Tadley Runners for 25 years, and who sadly passed away a few weeks before the trip.
The trip organisers and fellow runners Sharon Riley and Gary Shaugnessy started making plans for the trip back in March 2014. Sharon said “it started out with just a few members wanting to take part, but snowballed into nearly half the club signing up for it”