It must have been a very sentimental run for Brian, and another mark in her strong stretch of long-distance races for Kazy this year ─ the Robin Hood Marathon and Half in Nottingham last Sunday. Brian was running in memory of his brother-in-law, Ollie, who had died suddenly in August. “Ollie had suffered from Osteoporosis and Parkinsons for many years without complaint, always thinking of others rather than himself”, says Brian. “In his memory, I was running the Robin Hood half marathon and raised money for Parkinsons UK.” As a matter of course, Brian’s sister and her family were very moved and happy to see him and Kazy running with the picture of Ollie on their t-shirts.
Not only did Brian succeed the target on his Just Giving website (you can still donate money!) but he also was very pleased about the run itself: “I was reasonably happy with the race. It was my best time of the year (2:10 hrs), even though I did suffer with my knee at 7.5 miles.” About his running companion, Brian said: “Kazy ran a great marathon. She stayed with me for the first 2 miles and then felt so good, off she went.” What Brian precisely means with “great marathon” becomes obvious when one is looking at her time: Kazy, who raised money herself for an orphanage in Kenya, completed the full marathon in 3:49 hrs ─ matching exactly her time from the Berlin Marathon a year ago!