16 Jun

Big Appetite For Big Apple

NYC Marathon runners

Entries for this year’s TCS New York City Marathon are in high demand but British runners have a chance to get guaranteed places through Sports Tours International. The travel specialist is offering various packages for the event on 2 November.

Sports Tours describe the race as ‘more than a marathon’, saying: "Whether you choose to unwind with a stroll across Brooklyn Bridge to take in the beautiful views of the city, or spend an evening watching the latest Broadway show, your time in New York will be one to be remembered.  Spend your days visiting famous landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, or simply take it easy and spend the afternoon in Central Park."

There will be a large international field at the marathon, including paraplegic, Mike Brown, from Christchurch, New Zealand. Mike broke his back and lost the use of his legs in a skateboarding accident in Australia two years ago. He will be taking part in the race alongside a self-described ‘motley crew’ of eight other Kiwis, including two amputees, three blind people, an asthmatic and a woman with cerebral palsy

Mike said: "When it was suggested I enter the New York City Marathon I knew I could not say no. After all, being paralysed from the waist down is just a minor inconvenience, right?"

Mike, who plans to complete the course using a racing wheel chair, added: “Getting into [the racing wheelchair] is quite difficult, because I cannot stand up. I have got to twist my legs around and somehow back into it. I like the fact that I will be able to go quite fast, but steering it is something that I have not quite grasped yet."

For more information on running at TCS New York City Marathon, visit the Sports Tours International website.