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May 30th 2017

Cobham Hall's Mr Marathon

Cobham Hall girls were celebrating the achievement of their Voice and Piano Tutor Mr Matthew Haas this term.  Mr Haas has completed not one, but three Marathons since the start of April. Two were run for charity – the Royal Society for Blind Children, and MacMillan.

The first was in Rome on 2nd April.  Completed in a personal best time of 3:39:06, Mr Haas said he enjoyed the experience of running in Rome, and it made him excited for running the London Marathon later the same month.

The London Marathon has long been a dream for Mr Haas, since he undertook a personal challenge to run 10 marathons over two years.  The 26.2-mile London course was the penultimate run of this challenge.  He completed the course in 3:46:44, and said afterwards, “It was a brilliant day with amazing crowd support. It has been a dream to run London Marathon and now I have made that dream a reality.  I want to get back out there and run it again next year if I can.  I made a point this year of wanting to enjoy the experience, so I’m not worried I didn’t make a personal best.  I am now aiming for a sub-three hour time though!”

That target was sadly not to be met in the Edinburgh Marathon at the end of May where, in the hot weather and with pulled muscle resulting in a seven-mile hobble to the finish, Mr Haas clocked a time of 4:31:37.  However, this marathon does take his total to 10 in two years – an incredible achievement by anyone’s standard!

Mr Haas is now looking forward to a well-earned rest before beginning his training for a hill racing series on the Isle of Wight. Well done, Mr Haas, and good luck!

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