Product Specialist for PCS tackles the Paris Marathon

Marvin-Dean Palmer (32) from Telford tackled the Paris Marathon on 9th April to raise funds for Cancer Research. 

Going into the into final 2km was the longest stretch ever and every inch of emotion just came out. To the point I was in tears due to the reasons I was racing and my objective so I sprinted the last 1km and completed the race.

Marvin-Dean Palmer

Marvin works as a Product Specialist for PCS, leading product developers for the publishing market based in Wolverhampton.  He only started running in September 2016 and has taken on different challenges each month.  These have included the Wolf Run, Reebok Spartan and other distances but this was the first time he competed in a full marathon.

“The race, without a doubt, is very tough. The terrain was a shock to the body and mind, something I haven't experienced before. The weather was amazing and ridiculously hot. The atmosphere well, it's difficult to find the words to do it justice, all I can say is you need to be there to appreciate it - the crowd was phenomenal and  the sights were incredible.

Going into the race I knew my target of 4.30 was a long-shot but I progressed really well up to 25km, at this point I started to feel the strain but still comfortable running until I've reached 30km then my hamstring went, from there I had to walk, skip and stride for 7km until I felt comfortable to run again.

Going into the into final 2km was the longest stretch ever and every inch of emotion just came out. To the point I was in tears due to the reasons I was racing and my objective so I sprinted the last 1km and completed the race. The feeling was indescribable...."

I want to thank everyone that followed this journey, everyone that's supported me as well contributed to Cancer Research without your positive energy and momentum I wouldn't have finished the race.

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Official finishing time
04'H 49'MM 26' SS

Official time splits
5 km                 00:24:33          
10 km               00:52:07          
15 km               01:24:15          
21,1 km            02:05:19          
25 km               02:34:38          
30 km               03:12:36          
35 km               03:52:16

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