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My marathon challenge x 2

PUBLISHED: 16:06 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:39 23 August 2010

MARATHON-MAD: Robert Standing

MARATHON-MAD: Robert Standing

A MARATHON-MAD runner has successfully completed two 26-mile races just one week apart. Robert Standing, a gardener from Huntingdon Road, Meopham, completed the London Marathon seven days after taking part in the Paris Marathon. The 41-year-old said:

A MARATHON-MAD runner has successfully completed two 26-mile races just one week apart.

Robert Standing, a gardener from Huntingdon Road, Meopham, completed the London Marathon seven days after taking part in the Paris Marathon.

The 41-year-old said: "I don't feel too bad. My legs are fine, there's just a little bit if stiffness in my thighs but I won't be going to the regular training this week. I think I need a bit of rest."

The Istead and Ifield Harrier ran the races in a combined time of nine hours 10 minutes including a personal best time of four hours 28 minutes for the London leg of his double whammy.

He raised £450 for the Eleanor Hospice who helped care for his father before he died five years ago.

Just days after finishing Sunday's run he started thinking about registering for next year's event and is planning to go one better by adding the New York Marathon, which takes place a week after the London Marathon, to take the total to three marathons in three weeks. He added: "People think I'm crazy but I love it."

With all eyes on the runners in the London Marathon another Gravesend man ran in an alternative race in the Isles of Scilly.

Ashley Westpfel, 33, of Marling Way, Gravesend, took part in the Tresco Marathon last Sunday.

Tresco, one of the Isles of Scilly, provides a 26.2 mile course made up of seven-and a-half laps run in a figure of eight.

Mr Westpfel said: "I have run the London Marathon before but its just too noisy and busy. The Tresco marathon is much quieter, and the scenery is fantastic.

"My stepdad had Cystic Fibrosis, so it's something I feel strongly about. This will be a real challenge for me but the knowledge I will be raising funds to help see off CF will spur me on to the finish line".

All of the 130 runners taking part raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

jason.goodyer@archant.co.uk

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