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Veteran gives advice to Yorkshire Marathon runners
A VETERAN marathon runner who has completed 19 marathons and 45 half-marathons, the equivalent of running from York to Barcelona, has urged those taking part in the Yorkshire Marathon to run at a steady pace.
Michael Moraghan, 82, of Huntington, York, ran his first marathon, the Surrey Masters and Maidens marathon, in 1987 in four hours and 57 minutes.
Since then he has completed the London marathon five times as well as six Dublin marathons.
He said: “The first one was a tough one, I did very little training but I had the determination to do it. When I start something I have to try and finish it.
“Running a marathon is not for the faint-hearted, but if you have determination and stamina you will be fine.”
Mr Moraghan, who used to work as a caretaker in Croydon, Surrey, but is now retired, recorded his marathon personal best in 1988 in Dublin, where he ran the 26.2-mile course in four hours and three minutes, a time he puts down to keeping a constant pace to conserve his energy.
He said: “You must take it easy and work out what pace you can do. Take it easy for the first six or seven miles in order to save your energy for the rest of the race.
“To run a marathon you have got to have determination, stamina and staying power.”
More than 6,000 runners are expected to take part in the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon on Sunday, October 20, and Mr Moraghan says it is extremely important for runners to fuel their bodies.
He said: “Runners should eat something which gives them a bit of stamina. Find something that will give you plenty of energy and carbohydrates are always good the night before.”
Seasoned runner Michael believes that if participants have the right mindset, they will have no problems completing the marathon.
He said: “If you are that type of person you can do it, you just need to look to the end. I used to say to myself ‘why did I decide to do this’ and then all of a sudden I realised that I was going to finish it, you just have to keep going.”
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