LLOYD 'BUZZING' AFTER HALF MARATHON CHARITY RUN
Huddersfield racing driver Daniel Lloyd swapped his Porsche 911 GT3 for a pair of running shoes on Sunday, 13th May, to help raise £1,100 for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice by taking part in the gruelling Jane Tomlinson’s Leeds Half Marathon.
Marking the 20-year-old’s first ever attempt at an endurance running event of any kind, the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar completed the 13-mile (21-kilometre) course through the centre of Leeds in a fantastic time of 1 hour 39 minutes, placing him in the top 12 per cent of the huge 4,600 person entry.
Racing against elite professionals and fun-runners in equal measure, Daniel was delighted with his performance which equated to an average of seven and a half minutes for each mile. With online and off-line donations combined, he’s so far managed to raise £1,100.
“I absolutely loved it, I got such a buzz when I crossed the line and saw the time I’d managed – I’m over the moon with that”, said Daniel, “I’m really grateful to everyone who supported me by donating to the hospice, it’s a fantastic cause and it was a really fantastic day. I definitely want to try and do more of these, it’s hard work but so rewarding when you cross that finish line.
“Being in the top 12 per cent is an amazing feeling for my first ever run like this, my plan going into it was to try and aim for 1 hour and 45 minutes but everyone seemed to think that was really tough so I wasn’t sure if I was aiming a bit too high!”
He added: “At about the 14 or 15 kilometre mark I really started to feel it in the top of my legs but when I got to the last mile I really pushed on. There were so many people cheering the runners on, it was a fantastic atmosphere and over the last 500 meters everyone really got behind us. It was a mega day, thanks again to everyone who supported me.”
Daniel’s thanks also go out to the staff of Porsche Human Performance at the Porsche Experience Centre, based at Silverstone, where he trained rigorously for the half marathon.
While extremely grateful for all of the charitable donations received so far, Daniel says there is still time for people who may not have had chance to make pledges prior to the weekend to help support the incredible work of the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice. You can still donate towards his superb run by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/daniellloydracing-halfmarathon
With the running shoes back in their box for the time being, Daniel’s focus now returns to the next two rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship which will take place at Oulton Park in Cheshire on 9th/10th June. He’s currently third in the driver standings, with one race victory to his credit.