One down, two to go! Steven kicks off marathon effort for Elliott’s Trust
Thursday 12th April 2018 @ 13:06 by Tom Greggan
Denton & Audenshaw Droylsden News Sports Tameside

It might not look it from the pictures, but as Steven Woodbridge set off for his first ever marathon in Manchester on Sunday, he was very nervous!

Despite having only been running since June, the 27-year-old has set himself the task of competing in three marathons in just six weeks, all in memory of a late Denton teenager.

“I was extremely nervous,” Steven said. “It didn’t actually hit me what I was about to attempt until I was stood waiting to set off. I was having a lot of doubts at that point and was worrying about if I had done enough in training to get he me through.”

Steven Woodbridge competing in the Manchester Marathon.

As it turned out, Steven, who is from Droylsden, had nothing to worry about, finishing the 26-mile course in a fantastic time of 04:21:33. He said: “I did set off with a goal of finishing under 4 hours, but I realised how hard that would be after about 17 miles when I hit ‘the wall’ and had to slow right down. If I didn’t, I probably would have had to stop altogether. Overall I am very pleased with my time, considering it was my first marathon.”

Steven is running the three marathons; Manchester, London and Liverpool, to raise money for Elliott’s Trust, the charity that was set up to raise awareness of rare forms of cancer, in memory of 19-year-old Elliott Fernandez who passed away January 2017.

The Account Manager, who now lives in Stockport, said he was overwhelmed by the support from those who turned out to cheer on the runners. “The marathon was better than I expected,” Steven reflected. “The support all the way around was amazing. I couldn’t believe the amount of people that line the streets to support everyone taking part. People cheer your name even if they don’t know you!

“It really keeps you going and made me proud to be from such a great city. Nothing took me by surprise; I knew it was going to be hard and it most definitely was.”

Having set a fundraising target of £500, Steven’s friends, families and colleagues have helped blow that out of the water, with the current figure standing at £809. With one marathon down and two to go, Steven has his sights set on the London marathon at the end of April.

“I am feeling a lot better about the next two (London and Liverpool) because I now know what to expect and how to approach them,” he said. “My legs are very achy at the moment, but should be fresh for London in less than two weeks!”

To support Steven ahead of another two marathons, and to donate to Elliott’s Trust, you can visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/steven-woodbridge.