Congratulations to Chris Finill and Steve Pope who, at about sunset yesterday, dived into the Atlantic Ocean in New York. Today they are taking part in the New York Marathon but I don't expect they'll be actually racing.
Chris has taken part in every London Marathon and completed them all in less than 3 hours. He has also represented his country many times in ultra distance events around the world. Steve is a decent runner too, having won various ultra distance races in the last few years (Barry 40, Thames Trot, Tipton 12 hrs).
Anyway the reason they won't be actually racing today is due to the fact that they've only just arrived in New York ... having run there from San Francisco, emerging from the Pacific Ocean on 17 August this year.
Their original plan was to arrive at the Atlantic Ocean on Friday 4 November but I'm sure we can forgive them for being one day late after running over 3100 miles. Especially if they run today's marathon in under 3 hours!!!
Their incredible journey was also their way of raising much needed funds for the Help For Heroes charity - have you donated yet ? If not you can still do so at http://www.bmycharity.com/runacrossamerica
A big well done to them both. And also to Julia and Ben without whom the journey would have been almost impossible.
The official Run Across America website - http://www.runacrossamerica.co.uk/index.php
Chris & Steve's blog about their journey - http://verylongrun.blogspot.com/
Details about the few people who have run every London Marathon can be found at http://www.everpresent.org.uk/index.htm
Help For Heroes - http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/index.php?secondtime=1