Edale are supporting an employee of one of their existing UK customers with sponsorship towards his training expenses throughout the year. Stuart Robinson, Production Manager at Douglas Storrie Labels based in Blackpool, is being ‘powered by Edale’ in his bid to try and gain the Commonwealth Games qualifying marathon time.
The Commonwealth Games, which is held every four years, is an international, multi-sporting event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations, and Robinson has been training hard to achieve the qualifying time for the men’s athletics for long distance running. Robinson comments “My main aim over the next 14 months is to achieve the Commonwealth Games qualifying time for 2014. It will take a lot of hard work, commitment and many miles on the road but I am 100% committed”.
Robinson has had a great start to 2013 with a Personal Best at the Inskip half marathon in Preston; Lancashire at the start of the year, where he won the race and in doing so set a New Course record of 1:08:25. He has also gained selection for Lancashire in the Intercounties in March, which doubles up as the World X-country trials.
“The help from Edale is really appreciated and takes away some of the financial burden in trying to achieve this time - I go through a lot of trainers running 130 miles a week!” says Robinson.
Stuart has recently competed in the Seville marathon where he ran 26 miles in 2.22.09 and finished 13th place in an international field out of 7,500 competitors, he hopes he will gain selection for England later in the year and, hopefully, the Toronto marathon later in the year will see Stuart can break the 2:20 time.