Honiton RC's Alen Rowe MBE runs the Lisbon Half Marathon

PUBLISHED: 16:17 02 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:17 02 April 2013

Hontion Running Club president Alan Rowe MBE in the Lisbon half marathon in Portugal.

Hontion Running Club president Alan Rowe MBE in the Lisbon half marathon in Portugal.

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Honiton Running Club's President Alan Rowe MBE ran the Lisbon Half Marathon last Sunday (March 24), to promote the Baton's message with one of the trustees, writes Judy Davey.

He really enjoyed his first time there and found the Portuguese to be such lovely people.

It’s a fast flattish ‘T-shaped’ course along the sea front. For the Baton’s cause he ran with a rucksack containing Baton leaflets and messages which he handed out along the way.

His time was 2 hour 28 minutes and allowing for stops and photos, he estimates a ‘real time’ of 2:13, not the fastest, but taking into account a chest infection that he’s had for over six weeks, he was very satisfied.

He found running over the famous 25 de Abril Bridge at the start quite an experience. It is pretty much a direct copy of the Golden Gate Bridge and he was told that many low budget film companies choose to shoot there rather than travel to the USA.

The whole run was very well organised, plenty of water stations and a really lovely finish area by a park and historic building. There were good quality bands along the way who entertained, but crowds were thin until the finish area.

The weather on the day was absolutely perfect; 20C with a cooling breeze.

Many of the runners, including Alan, took up the offer of a free Baseball Cap in view of the temperature.

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