By Mike Harley.
After 6 months since Sofia, I arrived in Cyprus for number 20 after 60 training runs and 400 miles of winter training to kick off year 5 and the first of six marathons in 2019. Heading into the race I’d run my fastest ever Half Marathon (1 hr 40 in Gloucester) and raised £1250 for Invest In ME’s biomedical research projects which I was really happy about (£15.6K overall). A week before the race I picked up a heavy cold which made me a bit fearful of the 20C temperature swing from my training but I knew I’d be able to get round OK.
After a seriously turbulent and petrifying 6 hr flight (1.5 hrs spent circling Cyprus through a thunderstorm until it was safe to land) we made our way to Paphos with a new team member in tow. Lucy, our 4 month old daughter was along for the ride and we got a lovely apartment with a pool on the edge of the town. The day before was fun, it was very warm and we walked around Paphos and it’s medieval castle and promenade stacked with funny British bars; it felt a lot like Blackpool in the 80’s!
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