For Mablethorpe’s own Barrie Siddons, running the Brooklyn 10K was ‘fantastic’ but now he is the only person in the UK to gain a trophy from the race.
The 73-year-old runner took part in the Rock ‘n’ Roll 10K race in Brooklyn in October 2013, but he only recently received his trophy from race organisers for finishing third in his respective age category.
The international running event which is only in its third year saw 4,100 runners cross the finish line in Brooklyn’s iconic Prospect Park and only 78 awards have been given out, which includes Barrie’s, the only one of its kind to be given out to a participant from the UK.
Barrie is amazed upon discovering the fact that he has won an award.
He told the Leader: “To run in a race like this and then to win an award is fantastic.
“I was really shocked and didn’t expect to win anything and to discover I am the only person in the UK that has one like that is incredible.
“I have already booked my place to take part in this year’s race and I can’t wait to travel back to Brooklyn to take part once again, I just felt like I needed to go over and run it again.”
Race spokesman for the Brooklyn Rock ‘n’ Roll 10K, Dan Cruz added: “We can officially confirm that Barrie Siddons is the only award winner from the UK.
“In just its third year, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn 10K has truly become an international event in a great city.
“We are delighted to have a representative from the UK win an age group award, especially with the first ever Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool marathon and half marathon taking place in May.”
Even with Barrie being in his 70’s, he shows no signs of slowing and believes that if you look after yourself, you can get results.
He added: “I believe that if you look after yourself, you can do anything.”