By PHILIP CHANDLER
A Queenstown runner says the ‘‘electric energy’’ from the crowd helped him complete the famous Boston Marathon in the United States last week despite suffering stomach discomfort over the second half of the race.
Running his 24th marathon, Chris Seymour had hoped to break three hours for the first time but still finished in a creditable 3hr 15min for his second-fastest marathon, which requalified him to run Boston.
The 45-year-old was also awarded a ‘six-star’ medal for having completed all six world marathon majors, the others being New York City, London, Tokyo, Berlin and Chicago.
A race highlight was briefly running beside two celebs — four-time US Olympian Shalane Flanagan, women’s winner of the 2017 New York marathon, and 2013 Boston bombing victim Adrianne Haslet, whom she was guiding.
Haslet lost her left leg from the bombing, when visiting the finish-line, and in 2019 suffered severe arm injuries when struck by a car.
‘‘It was inspiring to see Adrianne on the course and being led by one of the US’s greatest female marathoners,’’ Seymour says.
He also raised $US3500 for a charity, Cure MLD, that helped the family of his late niece, who had the rare brain disease MLD, after losing their home in the US’s Hurricane Harvey.
Besides his addiction to marathons, Seymour founded Queenstown Parkrun four years ago.