Emotions run high at Seville Marathon

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While illness and a lack of training prevented Lisa Redman from recording the sort of time she would have liked, the Newmarket Jogger still enjoyed the ‘very emotional experience’ of competing at the recent Seville Marathon, writes Liam Apicella.

The 44-year-old has a close connection with the Andalusia region, given that her parents and brother moved out there 14 years ago.

Redman’s father died last July and so she opted to run the 26.2 miles in his memory.

Health problems prevented Redman from challenging her personal best marathon time of three hours and 48 minutes, stopping the clock in four hours 12 minutes.

However, while the time was the source of a little frustration, Redman was pleased to have competed in front of her mother and sibling for the first time.

“I felt like pulling out after 10 miles, but I am stubborn and managed to carry on,” said Redman, who has been a member of the Joggers for eight years.

“It was a very emotional experience. Part of the reason for me running there was so my mum and brother could watch me race for the first time.

“When I crossed the line, I carried a sign that read: ‘For dad’.

“Missing so much training meant my time was not the best, but it was a great experience and one I would definitely do again.”

This weekend, Redman is due to be back in running action at the Cambridge Half Marathon. Later in the year she has plans to race in a 40-mile ultra event, before running in another marathon — this time down on the south coast at Bournemouth — in October.