A huge well done to David Benford (pictured) and Neil Sugden for completing their Amsterdam Half Marathon earlier this month and raising over £3,000 (so far) in the process! And literally running through the pain barrier to overcome injury in the case of David, who recounts their adventure below:
"I am really pleased to say that I completed the Mizuno Amsterdam ½ Marathon on Sunday 17th October 2010 in aid of the Cystinosis Foundation UK. It was particularly challenging for me as exactly 6 weeks prior to the race I competed in the Lichfield 10k event to warm up for the main run. It evolved that in the 10k run I managed to tear the meniscus in my left knee. This meant that I was unable to train or exercise for the ½ marathon and had to take a chance and just ‘go for it’ on the day. I flew to Amsterdam the previous day with Neil Sugden, who competed with me, and stayed near to the Olympic Stadium where the event was due to finish. On the day all went ok. Things were going well for me up until 15km, when my legs didn’t want to work, as this point was further than I had ever run before. I pushed on though and every step was very painful and I reached the stadium, where after half a lap I crossed the finishing line with massive relief and a sense of great achievement! The crowds and bands along the route were an enormous help and very motivating. I finished in 2 hours and 31 minutes which I was quite happy with. Neil finished in a spectacular time of 2 hours and 2 minutes and I am really grateful for his support. The run has really raised awareness of cystinosis locally and people have been so generous. Please may I thank everyone that sponsored me and supported me. "