Joe’s Guild Marathon

Early on a wet, cold, grey Sunday morning, hundreds of runners turned up at the Preston Flag Market in the city centre to take part in the first ever Preston Guild Marathon.

Around 60% of the registered runners came from outside of the city of Preston from all corners of the UK – some as far south as Hampshire and Somerset, runners from Scotland and a number travelling in from continental Europe.

Seconds before the start of the marathon at 9am, the crowds wait to cheer the runners on

Over 4,000 runners competed in a junior mini-marathon, a half marathon and a full marathon.  Some 1,650 of them ran the gruelling 26.2 miles of the marathon in consistent rain!

Joe with his mum and dad before the marathon

Joe Livesey, a student at Cardinal Newman College in Preston was one of the many Marathon runners.  After months of training, the day of reckoning had finally arrived.

“I decided to the the marathon because I wanted a challenge and knew it would be a good chance to raise money for CAFOD. Just before it started I just wanted to get on with it really, but then once it started it didn’t take long to get into it.” said Joe.

You can still sposor Joe at his Justgiving page at

Just before the race, here’s Joe in the rain with Artur from the CAFOD Group at Cardinal Newman College, Patrick and Rosa from CAFOD and his mum

Some facts about this first ever Preston Guild Marathon………. the day saw the employment of  5 doctors,  3 paramedics, 30 first aiders, 6 first aid posts, 6 ambulances and 25,000 bottles of water……

Joe – 8 miles into the race

He finished his first marathon in the impressive time of 3 hours, 50 minutes and 43 seconds.

The day after the marathon Joe  admiited: “My legs are still very stiff today so I’m just having an easy day today before going to watch my football team play tonight. I am very pleased that I did it and I have a medal and T-shirt that will always remind me what a great challenge it was.”

What an achievement!  Feet up, rest and relax…..

We’re very proud of you and in awe of your steely determination and drive.  Well done Joe!

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