ITUK’s Pete Murphy Completes First New York Marathon

Isuzu Truck U.K.’s managing director Pete Murphy has just successfully completed his first ever attempt at the world-famous TCS New York Marathon. Completing the 26.2-mile course in a very creditable 4 hours and 46 minutes, Pete Murphy was running in this marathon together with two close friends, Claire Watson and Michael Farrey. The trio stuck together for the full course, completing the marathon without ever stopping to walk for any period of time.

Four weeks before the marathon took place in New York, Pete, Claire and Michael decided to nominate a charity for the run, initially targeting £1K for the ‘Friends of Marie Curie Newcastle’ cancer charity. Such has been the widespread interest in their marathon attempt, that their Just Giving page has now broken the £3,900 barrier.

“To run in such a global event was one of the most enjoyable experiences I have ever done. To see the streets of iconic places such as Brooklyn, New York lined with total strangers offering very vocal encouragement to all the runners was indeed very humbling. We actually started so far back that, according to our GPS system, we ended up running closer to 27 miles by the time we’d overtaken a lot of other runners,” said Pete Murphy on completion of his inaugural New York Marathon.

Pete continues, “To return to the UK and find that our efforts have now raised almost £4,000 for Marie Curie has also exceeded all our expectations, especially bearing in mind that we are just a group of ‘early 50’s pen pushers’ and only decided to nominate a charity four weeks ago. We are very proud people indeed but also very appreciative of the fantastic support that we have had from everyone on this incredible journey.”

This was only Pete’s second ever marathon run, having completed his first one, the Kielder Marathon in Northumberland, over seven years ago.

The 48th New York City Marathon took place on 4th November 2018. The men’s race was won by Ethiopian racer Lelisa Desisa. Desisa held off a late close, being chased to the finish by Shura Kitata. Kenyan Mary Keitany won the women’s race for a fourth time.

In total, 52,812 entrants took part in the event this year, with an average time of 4 hours 40 mins and 22 seconds, which puts the impressive time of Pete and his friends into perspective.

The Just Giving page to support Pete’s efforts in New York is still open and can be viewed by visiting:

The Friends of Marie Curie originated in 1971 to support the hospice in Newcastle by providing amenities that will enhance the excellent quality of care offered there to both resident and day patients.