New York Marathon: Jane's story
I am not going to lie, signing up to the New York marathon for the Irish Cancer Society was definitely the easiest part of the whole experience but I would do it all again for sure!
Training for a marathon is not a walk in the park by any stretch but luckily having done a marathon before I knew what was in store! I run with the Crusaders Athletic Club and as a number of other members were training for Dublin Marathon (which was on the weekend before New York) I got to train with them which was great motivation!
The fund raising too is not easy, but I am so fortunate to have amazing family & friends that helped me reach my target. Lauren and all the guys at the Irish Cancer Society were a great support and were always there to give me a hand if I needed it.
The trip over to New York was brilliantly organised and the guys with Sports Travel International know all there is to know about the marathon.
I was especially dreading the morning of the marathon as there is quite an early start to get out to Staten Island but I had nothing to worry about as a bus collected us from our hotel and brought us straight there. Once you're there then there is no turning back!
The race itself was amazing, the views from the Verrazano Bridge, where you start, were out of this world as you take in the Manhattan skyline. The support through all 5 boroughs was unbelievable and it makes such a difference to your race!
I am not going to lie, there are quite a number of inclines to master, mostly going over bridges but all in all it is an amazing experience and I would definitely recommend anyone who is considering doing the New York Marathon for the Irish Cancer Society or any marathon for that matter, to go for it!
A big thank you to Jane for her hard work and continued support.
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