Mablethorpe man takes on Bay Ridge Half Marathon through heavy rain

Barrie Siddons from Mablethorpe has raised �200 for Get Kids Going after running the Bay Ridge half marathon, pictured with his race medal.
Barrie Siddons from Mablethorpe has raised �200 for Get Kids Going after running the Bay Ridge half marathon, pictured with his race medal.

Mablethorpe running veteran Barrie Siddons took on the tough challenge of running the Bay Ridge half marathon through tough heavy rain.

The 74-year-old laced up his running shoes and darted off to Brooklyn, America, to run in the Bay Ridge half marathon which took place on October 4.

Barrie has been to America on a number of different occasions to participate in many running events, but this was his first time running in the Bay Ridge event.

He was also out there raising funds for charity like he does with all of his marathon events, this year he was running for charity
Get Kids Going, which supports children with disabilities in their sporting endeavours.

Barrie has managed to this year raise £200 for his chosen charity.

But never has he run in conditions such as the heavy rain he was faced with which saw him running through three inches of water.

Event organisers said it was the “worst running conditions they have ever seen in their 30 plus years of running these events.”

This half marathon was one runners wouldn’t forget in a hurry as the horizontal rain pelted competitors, who struggled to see the road in front of them, race banners were torn from their perches and the volunteers were draped in rubbish bags.

Barrie said: “I have never run in conditions as bad as what was thrown at us during race day.

“I had a very early start and was actually the first runner there. It rained the entire time and at some points during the race I was running through water that was at least three inches deep. It was definitely a challenge.

“But it was a half 
marathon that I very much enjoyed doing and I’m definitely thinking about returning to America next year to do another running event, it’s great as it also counts as a little holiday for me as well. “

Barrie spent five nights in the USA and visited Times Square and other popular tourist hot spots.

Barrie added: “The Bay Ridge half marathon was a great experience for me and I love putting an array of interesting people along the way.

“I would just like to thank everyone who has sponsored me to help me raise funds for Get Kids Going.”