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John Britton--Sheep Farming New York Marathon participant


John Britton ran the New York Marathon and the Friendship run this year for Get Kids Going! John started running at the age of 60! On his 60th birthday, He decided that he wanted to run the London Marathon! Previously, his only experience with running was when he was in grade school. He decided to make his dreams reality when he started training for the London Marathon. He completed the marathon with no problems. Now, two years later he is a 62 yr old sheep farmer who has run three different marathons, the Virgin London Marathon, the Paris Marathon, and the ING New York Marathon.


John completed the New York Marathon this November for Get Kids Going! He had never been to New York before, and had the best time getting a chance to look around the city during his stay. He and his wife sailed over on the Queen Mary II, and was amazed at his first impression of the city. He never realized the importance of the river to the city. New York was very different from what he was expecting.


His favourite race is still the London marathon because of the atmosphere and the race path. He loves London because of the vitality of the race. He says its much more appealing to someone who is slower because of the three different start sites. Also, he loves how lots of people dress up in different costumes to show their support for their charities. The London racecourse also travels by lots of places full of people which is important to him because people are there to cheer! The Paris Marathon path is run beside the river. He believes its a beautiful race course but would still prefer to run by people.


He has always run for Get Kids Going! He always wants to sponsor children! He is so proud of his contribution to help provide wheelchairs for children. We are happy to support him in his future endeavours!


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