Thirty year old Lucas Meagor from Bayston Hill is preparing to run his eighth race of ten during 2006. On Sunday 17 September Lucas will join his elder brother Dave, two work colleagues and 15,000 other runners in the Bristol Half Marathon, the second largest half marathon in the UK.
Lucas began the 10 races on 5 February with a personal best in the Longleat 10K race. Since then Lucas has achieved another four personal bests, in the Bath and Reading half marathons. This provided the ideal warm-up for the London Marathon, which he completed in 3:54:05. Eight days later, Lucas was pounding the streets again, this time in the Belfast Marathon.
|"I've had to quickly familiarise myself with the streets of Baytson Hill and Shrewsbury as I've needed training routes of up to 20 miles!"|
In June he completed the Edinburgh Marathon on a very hot day, before running the British 10K during the heatwave in July. Lucas now hopes to add a sixth personal best of the year as he returns to Bristol, the city where he worked for 11 years.
Lucas stands to rake in bonuses from his sponsors another personal best, helping to increase the funds being raised for four charities - RICE (Research Institute for the Care of the Elderly), NCH The Children's Charity, CLIC Sargent (Cancer & Leukaemia in Children) and the Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF).
Energetic and, most likely insane (to quote friends and colleagues), Lucas is a member of the management team for the DVLA in Shrewsbury and a local preacher on the Shrewsbury Methodist Circuit. He's particularly pleased by the continuing haul of personal bests, "achieved despite an injury and the support continues to be overwhelming - an estimated £2,500 plus has been pledged so far and I'm sure this will exceed £3,000 by October, when I finish the 10 run haul!"
|Lucas and friends|
Keeping it in the family, brother Pete has been looking after Lucas's website, while elder brother Dave will be joining him in Bristol to prompt a little sibling rivalry: "I'm determined to beat Lucas again after he finally finished before me when we ran together in Bath in March."
Lucas moved to Bayston Hill in June 2006 and quickly had to familiarise himself with the local streets "...as I've needed training routes of up to 20 miles! I've also been very grateful for the support I've already received from villagers and work colleagues since my move."
Lucas can often seen training around the streets of Bayston Hill and Shrewsbury as well as in his local gym. He will also be running in the Great North Run on his 31st birthday on 1 October and concludes the year by completing the capital city marathons. Cardiff Marathon is on 15 October.
Over the past few years Lucas has raised over £12,000 for charity.