Virgin Money Giving had a great day at the Silverstone Half Marathon last Sunday. It was fantastic to see the Virgin London Marathon logo out on show for the first time on race banners – not long until the big day now!
The field of runners was fantastic with over 5,500 people taking part – with a good variety of costumes in the line up. In particular, the Caterpillar really stood out. 32 Virgin runners chained together completed the course in 2 hours 14 minutes. What a brilliant effort – let’s hope the extra 13.1 miles in a few weeks time won’t put them off their stride!
Of course, it goes without saying we found time to do a bit of celeb spotting. There were some familiar faces including Martin and Liz Yelling, Iwan Thomas and the cast of Emmerdale. We also managed to grab five minutes with John Disley a legend in the running world. He told some fantastic tales about how the London Marathon first began – a world apart from where the race is now!
Liz Yelling, the host of the Team Virgin Money training workshops, made it all look a bit easy by winning the womens’ race with an excellent time of 1 hour and 14 minutes – just a shade slower than the course record – which she already holds!
So after a great day of meeting lots of people and cheering from the Formula 1 podium – we’re all really looking forward to race day, roll on 25 April!