SOME long distance runners are drawn to compete by the prospect of beautiful countryside, scenic landscapes or warmer climates.
Not so for Lauderdale Limper Colin Reed. For the 55-year-old research scientist appears to choose his events according to the food and drink being offered en route.
Last month, Reed successfully completed the Beaujolais marathon in an impressive four hours and 31 minutes.
What’s more, Colin has only ever entered and completed one other marathon – the Spam event which was held in Newcastle in 1983.
Colin completed that one in just under four hours.
His most recent adventure saw him run the 42.5km course set in the beautiful surroundings of the Beaujolais wine-growing region on the outskirts of Villefranche, near Lyon, France.
The route took the 1,500 marathon runners through vineyards, around the grounds of spectacular chateaux and, in some cases, wine cellars and caves.
Colin told TheSouthern: “It was a very enjoyable experience indeed. The atmosphere was fantastic with local bands playing as well as numerous refreshment stations, which offered a variety of local cheeses and hams. And guess what ... Beaujolais wine.”
Not wishing to offend his hosts, of course, Colin felt obliged to sample the wine and cheese along the way.
Colin joined the Limpers two-and-a-half years ago when he moved to Lauder with wife Linda. He has two grown-up daughters, Kate, 25, and Caroline, 24, and works for Charles River Preclinical services, based in Tranent, as head of technical services.
Having experienced the meaty challenge of the Newcastle event and now the heady experience of Beaujolais, Colin hasn’t quite decided what to attempt next, but is open to all offers.
He added: “At present I have no other challenges planned, but the club and its members are always looking for different and novel things, so you never know.”
Lauderdale Limpers coach Graeme Sutherland was so impressed with Colin’s achievement that he is thinking of tweaking the club’s training plan accordingly.
He told us: “This is an impressive performance and we are now working with Colin and local hostelries to adapt our Tuesday night training sessions.”
Lauderdale Limpers was founded in November 1997 by John Wilkinson, Bill Stevenson, Dave Blaszk, Brian Bell, Graeme Sutherland and Andy Cook.
International hill runner John coached the club for the first five years before retiring.
Graeme took over and still leads the Tuesday sessions.
The running club’s aim is to promote running as a fun and enjoyable way of keeping fit and new members will be made most welcome.
The Limpers meet every Tuesday night at the Leader Leisure Centre in Lauder from 7.30-8.30pm. Refreshments and a chat are available after each session.
If you want wine, best leave it till after the training, however.