Jason Rouse, Business Manager for Apple, has signed up to run his second consecutive London Marathon on the 22nd April. He completed the 2011 race in 5 hrs 40 mins (including a 10 minute chat with his wife at Canary Wharf). Kris Foster, Internal Sales Specialist for Digital Home, will be running his first Paris Marathon on the 15th April after completing the London race in 2011 in 5 hrs 26 mins.
Jason, who recently had a 2" needle inserted into his kneecap to treat the pain caused by some missing cartilage, is confident of beating his time. "I won't be stopping to chat to the wife this time round!" Jason will be running for Heart UK in memory of his father who passed away from a heart attack in 2005.
"My training is going really well. I'm doing 3 mid-week runs of between 3 and 6 miles, with longer and longer runs on the weekend to build up my endurance." On his last weekend training run before the event, Jason will have run 20 miles.
After applying for 5 consecutive years with no luck, Kris was finally accepted into last year's race. It was an experience that he wasn't likely to forget in a hurry. "The atmosphere in London was immense, especially for someone like me who hadn't run at all before that. You see it on TV, but you don't really appreciate it until you're there."
Kris will be running for Alzheimer's Society, continuing a fundraising tradition started by his grandfather after his grandmother suffered from the disease when Kris was just a boy.
Just like Jason, Kris has also submitted himself to a rigorous training schedule to be ready for the big day. So, why Paris this year? "It's simple really, I wanted to try a different location and Paris was recommended by a friend!"