Newgate Chairman Runs his 12th Marathon

Virgin Marathon 2015

Published on by Stephen Byfield


Jonathan Clare, chairman of our sister company Newgate Communications, completed his 12th Marathon last Sunday. Here's his summary of the event:

Another year, another marathon in aid of Spinal Research to fund research programmes to find a cure for broken necks and backs – devastating injuries that paralyse people like my brother and put them in a wheelchair for life. I’m trying to keep warm in the cold when I see a woman walking towards me who looks very familiar.  She catches my eye and smiles.  Knock me  down with a feather – it’s Paula Radcliffe.  That augurs well for a great race. 

After a slow start – 50-odd seconds to get over the line – we’re off.  Celeste spots me at Tower Bridge but I miss her.  In previous years I’ve given her a quick kiss  to huge cheering, and her embarrassment. I’m pulling consistent miles at around 6 minutes 45 seconds and make halfway in less than 1.30.00. By mile 19 the speed is bleeding off though.  I’m only making around 7 minutes 15 seconds.  It’s decision time: try to pick the pace up but risk blowing up or pull back and run strong and consistently.  It’s the latter, and I cross the line in 3 hours 6 minutes and 5 seconds. Not bad for 60, and my third or fourth best time.

Spinal Research is a truly worthwhile cause. If you want to make a donation it’s not too late.  The website is:


Stephen Byfield

Stephen Byfield about the author…

Stephen has over 25 years experience of complicated communications issues and loves to work on the trickiest and knottiest of client accounts. Stephen founded PPS Group and ran the firm for 26 years before it was acquired by Newgate in 2015.

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