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Neil Rydlewicz

I started running in April 2012 for two reasons, to get fit and keep up with my daughter who was quick on her feet!  I entered my first race in April that year the Balmoral 10k with a respectable sub 50 time, this was the start of the running bug for me.  I got involved with a local charity Kayleigh’s Wee Stars which was the main driver for my involvement in running and I am thankful to have given the opportunity to represent them in so many events. 

In Sept 2012 I ran my first marathon at Loch Ness finishing in 4hrs 2m, it was on the bug really kicked in chasing the elusive sub 4hr marathon.  I went on to do London & Edinburgh Marathon but my times were going in the wrong direction, but give up I couldn’t, 2 more entries into London in 2015 & 2016 and the sub 4hr was broken not once but twice with my my PB now at 3hrs 54m.  However I wasn’t prepared for my last marathon in 2017 its fair to say it took my running bug from me, with a year out of entering any sort of race. 

The opportunity to get involved in the running group has given me the motivation to get back out there and get the bug back.  Its great to see so many turn out to our group sessions and the progression they have all made, it really is pleasing and motivating to us leaders to see this. 

Our local race this year attracted 40 runners from the group and as the group continues to grow, it is my ambition to see more progress and continue to turn out at these type of events. 

On a personal note I have some unfinished business, the family record in the marathon distance is within touch its my goal to achieve this.