Wolverhampton Marathon 2104
In September 2014, Samrick Singh Bahia along with brother Cameron, Bally and Stuart decided to run the Wolverhampton Half Marathon for Focus Leukaemia and Delete Blood Cancer.
The Wolverhampton Half Marathon is 13.1 miles in length and anyone who has endured the task will know just how hard it actually is. Training was hard for event and started in early June, when all four went on weekly runs starting at around 3 miles and gradually building themselves up to the 13 miles mark. Road running can be very hard on the feet and joints of the legs – and the training was taking its toll. Getting them through the sweat and tears was the brilliant support from Family, Friends and the Community – kind words of support and donations were flowing pushing everybody harder and longer.
On the day of the marathon – all four lads met before to travel to West Park – the starting and finishing point of both the half and full marathon, and everyone was apprehensive and nervous. Once at West Park the atmosphere was building at the starting line, there were thousands of runners – all with their own causes and inspirations but still supportive of each others – 9am the Marathon had started.
The first part of the marathon in can be easiest but also the hardest. There are so many runners and inspirational people at the beginning that you get caught up in all the emotion and can find it hard to pace yourself – later on in the race the runners become much more spread out and you can pick up your own individual rhythm.
The first part of the run takes you around the park and on to the Tettenhall Road where you head towards Whitmore Reans and Pendeford. The section where you it really hit home how tough it was going to be was the Wobaston Road heading towards Codsall. This is a long road with a steady incline and really takes it out on your legs. Throughout the route we had a lot of supporters – family, friends and colleagues, you will never know how important this support is until you have done something like this yourselves – it spurred us on.
Coming into the last part was tough – through Codsall and the Tettenhall Road and at this point you are just praying to see the park (The finish). As you are getting closer you seem to get your second wind (Or third or fourth), adrenaline pumps through your body as you can hear the crowds and the announcer in the centre of the park. After 2 Hours and 4 Minutes Bally and Stuart came through the finishing line, followed shortly after by Cameron and then the amazing Samrick, who had to go through so much in the build up towards the event. It was a great effort and we were all greeted with love from Family and Friends – all very proud of what had been achieved. Donations for Samrick, Cameron, Bally and Stuart had risen to over £9,000 towards Focus Leukaemia and Delete Blood Cancer – so grateful for all the support and donations that were given.