Dean of Business is in the running for the money

Published: 29 March 2006 at 11:10

Martin Reynolds, the Dean of the Ashcroft International Business School at Anglia Ruskin University, is naturally quick-thinking and analytical in his work. And so it is of no surprise to learn that he is running the London Marathon on April 23 - for money.

His aim is to raise around £2000 for his chosen charity, the Neurobigromatosis Association (NfA), a charity he has represented for a year now as a member of its Board of Trustees.

Describing himself as someone who runs for general fitness and to keep stress at bay, Martin is no stranger to running. He has set himself a target for this year of five Marathons with London being his third and Berlin (in September) being number four in the 2006 calendar. Last year, he completed the New York Marathon which he explains was ‘a really enjoyable lifetime experience despite the 26 miles of hard work.’

This year he celebrates another lifetime experience in the fact that he is celebrating his 50th birthday. Says Martin:

“My younger brother challenged me to do the New York Marathon last year as he knew I was running up to my half century celebration. So I thought I might as well take him up on it.”

“Big city marathons are very special. You get to see the cities close up and bask in the festival atmosphere. With 40 000 people running in New York you get a great feeling of being part of a truly memorable event.”

Training is a bit of a slog, according to Martin, who typically does between 25 and 40 miles a week, depending on his working diary which includes travel-related university commitments. Although not a part of a running club, he is still highly motivated, pounding the streets on his own which gives him plenty of time to think and de-stress. Having only recently moved to Chelmsford from Nottingham he confesses to not yet knowing all the best running routes. 

“I have had to find new routes to replace the well trodden paths and roads of Nottingham. During my first week here, I did manage once to get lost around the streets of Chelmsford!”

Martin is looking forward to the London event. He will be trying to improve his best time of 3 hours 46 minutes that he achieved in Nottingham to make the 3 hour 35 minutes qualifying time required for the Boston and Chicago Marathons that he plans to enter during 2007.