New challenge for fundraiser Mike Shattock

Mike Shattock with his medal for running the New York Marathon
Mike Shattock with his medal for running the New York Marathon
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A FUNDRAISER who ran the New York Marathon has set himself another running challenge.

Mike Shattock, 41, of Truesdale Gardens, Langtoft, ran the gruelling 26.2 miles in New York in a time of 5hrs, 12mins, in aid of the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability in Putney, London.

The hospital is caring for his wife Sam, who suffered a cardiac arrest in January last year.

His friends Charlie Woodward and Fabien Frances also completed the marathon.

Just days after returning from America, the hospital offered Mike a place in the London Marathon in April after another runner pulled out.

Mike, who has always admitted that he does not enjoy running, said he found the New York Marathon a huge challenge and hopes to get in more training before the marathon in London.

He said: “In terms of the experience, it was one of the greatest experiences of my life.

“But it was very emotional and it was very difficult. It started in Staten Island with Frank Sinatra singing New York, New York and the atmosphere was just incredible.

“The first few miles were very slow but then I did get into a steady rhythm and was doing 10 and 11 minute miles.

“After about 19 miles, the aches set in and I started to suffer.”

While in New York, Mike managed to squeeze in some sightseeing and also watched his beloved Norwich City Football Club play against Aston Villa, where they lost 3-2.

So far, he has raised nearly £23,000 for the hospital from his challenges, which he is calling the Yellow Beetle Challenge and has included cycling from London to Paris.

He will also climb Mount Kilimanjaro in January.

On Sunday, November 27, Linfords fish and chip shop in Market Deeping will be holding a charity day with cod and chips on sale for £3 and proceeds going to the Yellow Beetle Challenge.

And his fundraising has also benefited from a £500 donation by the St Pega Masonic Lodge in Deeping St James.