Alton man, 52, taking part in 52 marathons

Running twenty six miles each weekend for a year is not an easy job. Still, fifty two year old Alton’s Nigel Bird is doing just that to collect £ 20000 for NSPCC. The amount would be used to teach kids regarding the charity.

Nigel stated that the discovery of a friend’s childhood abuse, along with his very own experiences, spurred him to do something to serve kids just as he has. Mainly now that NSPCC has rolled out their pioneering new ChildLine Schools Service that targets to educate kids regarding abuse before this begins and reveal them how to get help if they require it.

He added that if this service could offer vulnerable children a way out of abuse; then each mile is worth it. These services were not available to him and he think this is quite vital that they are handed as much support as possible. If Nigel is taking part in fifty two marathons to raise awareness and offers other people the bonus assume their own challenges, then the sky is the limit.

Nigel Bird told that he would never run a marathon before this challenge but he has finished other challenges like Three Peaks and Southdowns Way in a Day. He had not appreciated how far a marathon is and the effect on his feet till he started training for this.

Meanwhile the students of high school have promoted their dance marathon along with pep rallies as well as during the basketball halftime shows.

Turkey trotters from US brave winter to take part in Thanksgiving race

On Thursday, over ten thousand walkers and runners braved the winter weather to observe Thanksgiving Day with a Turkey Trot in the snow. A lady, who came from United States, told that it was crazy. She told that she is a runner. The weather condition does not matter.

The craziness among all the participants could not be described in words – some of them were sporting turkey hats and tailfeather tutus; there were people with striped tights, Native American costumes and even a few in shorts as the Thanksgiving Day race went around Energy Stadium at first and then east through gritty sections of Superior Avenue. Families, friends and classmates ran together. It was very surprising that a nine year old completed the whole race in snow and wind.

Middleburg Heights’ Sally Brocious thought that the weather would be warm when she and some of her friends registered for the race. They came in green and red striped leggings as well as merry pom pom head bands. Some said that the atmosphere was more like Christmas than Thanksgiving.

Samantha Hanson of Willmar High School junior came first at the women’s race. She won the race last year also. This year, she finished the race in 20:13 minutes. Last year she was twenty seconds faster. Willmar’s Tracy Sik, 43, went up from 6th position in 2012 to 2nd position this year. She took 20.23 seconds this year – that is almost a minute faster compared to previous year.