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Trainer safe but sore after 'chaotic' New York ordeal

Grant Tuer: ran New York marathon
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North Yorkshire farmer-trainer Grant Tuer provided his own in-running commentary on his performance in the world's biggest marathon after joining 60,000 runners to run round the centre of New York on Sunday.

Tuer, 43, completed the race across the city's five boroughs in four hours and seven minutes to finish 15,830th and said he found the course chaotic because of the sheer volume of other runners.

"Got trapped on the rail for a couple of miles, pulled out but found little off the bridle from the three pole, weakened towards finish," he said.

He added: "I have a sore ankle and knee and had a bleeding toe at the finish."

Tuer, a former amateur rider, prepared for the trip by running the York marathon in a much smaller field.

"New York was very worthwhile," he continued. "The atmosphere was fantastic but there were just too many runners. I got hampered all the way and couldn't get into a nice rhythm or anything. It was chaotic all the way round.

"I found it really tough compared to the York marathon I did four weeks ago. There were only 6,000 runners there and plenty of space to run in.

"I got to 18 miles and I knew I was in a bit of trouble. The last three miles was absolute murder. Nevertheless, I plan to do another next year."

Tuer was running for Yorkshire Cancer Research and Sound Training. Donations can be made on virginmoneygiving.com/granttuer.

I got to 18 miles and I knew I was in a bit of trouble. The last three miles was absolute murder. Nevertheless, I plan to do another next year

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