Paul, who ran in aid of the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board and Harrogate based Saint Michael’s Hospice, is no stranger to the event, being among the 6,747 runners who completed the first race in 1981 and going on to complete the feat again the following year.
Running in the London race for the first time since 1982, Paul however noted a number of changes in the intervening 35 years.
“When I first took part in that race back in 1981, it was something of a novelty – I even remember a Yorkshire Evening Post billboard proclaiming, ‘Leeds Man runs charity marathon’.
“Things have changed a little since then, but it’s fantastic to see the event go from strength to strength, meaning that over a million runners have been able to take on the challenge and raise a phenomenal amount for various charities and good causes.”
While he has yet to decide on his next 26-mile challenge Paul, a long-standing member of Harrogate Harriers, is backing the running club’s upcoming showpiece event – the Harrogate Town Centre 10K. The popular race returns to the town on Sunday 2nd July after a rest year in 2016 and will once again be supported by Berwins Solicitors.