Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Why These Races Have a Place in My Heart

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Why These Races Have a Place in My Heart

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BRIAN Beech is managing director of Manchester and Edinburgh based Havas PR UK. He remembers his experience of the region's races.

'Marathons have been in the news recently, sadly not for the right reasons.

It was poignant, though, that last week saw the funeral of Vince Regan who founded the Bolton Marathon in 1981 which attracted a field of 8000 runners, myself included. I put my love of running down to Vince and his enthusiasm for the sport.

I was working for Piccadilly Radio at the time and we had agreed to be the media partner for the event so I spent a lot of time in Vince's company and as all of the tributes have said, he was a wonderful man.

I finished in three hours 43 minutes in my first ever marathon.

Piccadilly Radio then decided to capitalise on the marathon boom by staging an event of its own and as head of press it came under my remit. …

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