Barry from Mablethorpe makes fastest time on race day of the Brooklyn 10K

Barry Siddons from Mablethorpe.
Barry Siddons from Mablethorpe.

Mablethorpe’s own Barry Siddons has returned to his hometown after jetting over to Brooklyn to take part in the Rock and Roll 10K.

Barry took part in the Rock and Roll 10K at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on Saturday, November 12 and has been raising money for Scope.

For Barry, it was a different race compared to the many he’s ran over the years.

Being a veteran marathon runner, Barry had to complete specialist training to get up to the faster pace needed for this race.

Barry told the Leader: “This was a different race compared to what I normally do and I have been running 10K five days a week in order to prepare for this race.

“I realised I could have gone even faster on race day, but I was very pleased with my overall time.”

Barry managed to run the Brooklyn 10K in 1 hour, seven minutes and this secured him third place in his age catergory.

Barry also said: “On race day I managed to run seven minutes faster than what I have been running during my training.

“And because I came third in my age catergory I have found out I wil be receiving another award alongside my finishing medal, which is due to come through in the next few weeks.”

Thousands of runners hit the starting line for a very early 7.30am start, but for Barry the huge crowd of runners all adds to the great atmosphere on the day.

Barry added: “When your surrounded by thousands of runners it makes the day feel better on a whole.”

“I really enjoyed my time in Brooklyn and I was able to see the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge.

“I am hoping that I will get the opportunity to go back to New York again sometime in the future.”

He also said: “I am thinking next year that I might do the Mablethorpe Marathon with it taking place where I live.

“I just want to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has sponsored me so I have been able to raise funds for Sense.”

Barry is unsure at the moment the final total that he has raised.

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