A local businessman who took on last month’s London Marathon is already thinking about next year.
Scott Rowntree, owner of Flo-Right Guttering & Drainage, said he has already applied for next year and described this year’s race as “crazy, very hot and mentally challenging.” This year’s London Marathon was officially the hottest on record with temperatures of 24.1 degrees Celsius being recorded.
He said: “It was so hot. When I got to the 22 mile mark, I felt like I was going to faint but I pushed through. But after the buzz I got doing it, I decided I wanted to do it again.”
Scott was aiming to beat last year’s time of four hours and 40 minutes but completed the 26.2 mile course in 5 hours and 14 minutes.
He said: “I was aiming for four hours 20 minutes but the problem was because of the heat. It knocked on that extra time. I had a lot of support from family and friends including my mum who came from abroad. They watched me at halfway and then again at the finish line and it was amazing.”
He said: “Just go for it – you won’t experience anything like it. The atmosphere is amazing. When you get to the 25th mile the countdown is the best feeling ever. The crowds are absolutely amazing
Scott was raising money for Bliss, a charity which exists to give every baby born premature or sick in the UK the best chance of survival and quality of life. His twin daughters Esme and Brooke were born prematurely.
As GarstonNews went to press, Scott had raised £1,843.00 of his £2,500 target. To donate, go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/scottrowntree-scottrowntree