AVR athlete Newton runs the New York Marathon

PUBLISHED: 11:44 03 November 2015 | UPDATED: 09:29 16 November 2015

With many runners starting their Grizzly training this weekend it was a quiet weekend for AVR, writes Carol Austin.

However, on Sunday Graham Newton ran the New York City Marathon. It proved to be unlike any other race he had ever ran before. Even getting to the start was quite an achievement as Graham set off at 5am to battle his way through throngs of late night Halloween revellers in weird and wonderful costumes on route to the subway.

Then it was all aboard the Staten Island Ferry, sailing past the famous Statue of Liberty and finally a 40-minute bus trip to the start line.

However, it was all worth it when the solid mass of 50,000 runners, who had come from all over the world to compete, crossed the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn.

From there, the race winds its way through Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and a brief turn in The Bronx before going back to Manhattan, with the finish line at Central Park.

With a massive retinue of police helicopters above and a huge NYPD presence on the ground and the incredible support from the thousands of spectators lining the route, Graham said this was a truly overwhelming and never to be forgotten experience.

It was a tough race and Graham finished in a magnificent 3:29:03, fourth in the M65 category.

Lesley Adams and Carol Austin were in Birmingham supporting the National Institute for Conductive Education 10k.

Carol was fourth woman and first W50 in 46:21 winning a £25 voucher for a local running shop.

Lesley, W60, ran 57:10, an impressive two minutes off her previous 10k race just a month ago.

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