GRAND-AM Series: Liddell Achieves Goal in Finishing Virgin London Marathon

By Auto News Log • April 26th, 2011

LONDON – When Robin Liddell straps into the seat of the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet at Virginia International Raceway for practice for the May 14 Bosch Engineering 250, he’ll need less than 15 minutes to cover 26.2 miles – approximately eight laps of the scenic 3.27-mile circuit.

Last weekend, Liddell had a different perspective of that distance when he tackled the Virgin London Marathon – his first attempt at running 26.2 miles. Running all the way, Liddell broke his personal goal with a time of 3:58:56 – beating his personal goal of finishing under four hours.

“I hadn’t really fully appreciated how awesome it was to be part of an event like this,” Liddell said. “I was quite happy with my own performance. It was not a stellar performance, but I beat my goal of finishing under four hours. Also, I ran all the way, even though I thought I would probably walk during parts of it. It was quite hot, but I managed to keep going.”

Liddell was part of an eight-runner effort from the British Racing Drivers Club, who combined to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, a UK-based charity funding global research into finding a cure for this debilitating illness in babies and young people.

“We raised around $40,000 dollars on the day, plus a bunch of donations online,” Liddell said. “We’re probably looking at raising around the $60,000 mark. It certainly makes it all the more worthy. It’s all about helping people in a less fortunate position.”

Going into the race, Liddell had some concerns about his left knee, which he said was killing him during his pre-race track walk at Barber Motorsports Park two weeks before the marathon. But on race day, he had no problems physically, with his main challenge getting over the invisible “wall” runners claim they hit in the closing stages of a marathon.

“It’s pretty hard to express how hard the last six miles are,” Liddell said. “But the spectators really carry you over the last six miles. Now I realize why it makes no sense to train more than 20 miles, because if I’d been on a training run, I would have stopped at that point. But on the day, the sense of the occasion gets you through.”

Now, Liddell is looking for a solid run in the Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway, looking to reverse a string of bad luck the team has encountered this season. And a year from now, he’s already looking forward to a return visit to the Virgin London Marathon.

Source: GRAND-AM Road Racing

 

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