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Hurricane Sandy hit America hard

Despite the devastation caused in America by Hurricane Sandy, local Mablethorpe man, Barrie Siddons went out to New York and unofficially ran in New York after the official marathon was cancelled. Photo: Supplied.

Despite the devastation caused in America by Hurricane Sandy, local Mablethorpe man, Barrie Siddons went out to New York and unofficially ran in New York after the official marathon was cancelled. Photo: Supplied.

The official New York marathon being cancelled due to the devastation from Hurricane Sandy didn’t stop Mablethorpe man Barrie Siddons.

Barrie flew out to the US for his eight day trip on October 31, just days after the storm had hit.

After several delays due to the airports being closed, Barrie finally reached New York and arrived to learn that the electricity and phones were not working in his hotel and most of the area was in darkness.

Barrie explains: “I don’t regret my choice of going to New York.

“It was a very different experience though in comparison to the previous eight times I have been to New York to take part in the marathons, my first was in 1998.

“Every marathon is different and the trip for me, was a life changing experience, it definitely gives you something to think about.”

In spite of the marathon being cancelled, which normally attracts around 47,000 people, 12,000 still went over to New York to take part in an unoffical run and medals were still given out to the runners who did take part.

Barrie added: “To go to New York, you have to plan the reason you are taking the trip, despite the change of plans I did run on marathon day which was on Sunday, November 4.

“I didn’t run the full 26 miles though because areas of the run were inacessible due to the storm.

“People turned up and ran as little or as far as they wanted to.”

With the run costing over £200 to enter, some of the entrants are trying to see if they can get any of their money back.

Barrie also said: “Having not done a marathon in New York for five years, I was going to use this marathon as a benchmark for which marathons I might undertake in the future.

“After being in America during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it has put me off a little bit and I’m not sure I will do another New York Marathon in the future.”

During his time in New York, Barrie even spent some of his time helping the victims from Hurricane Sandy.

Having packed a number of warm items of clothing for his trip, he donated some of his clothes to one of the many support sites that were set up in order to help the victims that were caught up in the devastation of the hurricane and lost their homes.

Barrie was raising money for the Get Kids Going charity, which is a national charity which gives disabled children and young people up to the age of 26 the wonderful opportunity of participating in sport.

Barrie met up with representatives from the charity whilst in New York alongside other runners who were raising for them, followed by a party that was organised and he attended during his stay.

Barrie also wasn’t alone, thanks to his main sponsor, Seacroft Ford in Mablethorpe, they gave him a teddy bear called Charlie which he took with him on his travels to New York and is pictured with the teddy in the picture to the left.

Barrie is unsure at the moment to the amount of funds which have been raised for the charity.

Barrie said: “I just want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has sponsored me for this marathon.”

Running in New York and receiving his medal is counted as the 38th marathon Barrie has done and he aims to try and do 40 marathons in total.

 

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