Sponsored athlete makes record run

PUBLISHED: 16:15 03 May 2007 | UPDATED: 10:21 31 May 2010

Daoud Mustafa and John Tyskiewicz after the marathon

Daoud Mustafa and John Tyskiewicz after the marathon

VETERAN of the Beirut Marathon, John Tyskiewicz, welcomed a Lebanese runner to his home to enable him to run a record-breaking London Marathon. John, 45, of Peaslands Road, Saffron Walden, travelled to Beirut last November to compete in a marathon, only

VETERAN of the

Beirut Marathon, John Tyskiewicz, welcomed a Lebanese runner to his home to enable him to run a record-breaking London Marathon.

John, 45, of Peaslands Road, Saffron Walden, travelled to Beirut last November to compete in a marathon, only to find it cancelled because a government minister had been assasinated.

The Beirut Marathon Association, who organised the event, put on a special race for the five athletes who had travelled a long distance to reach the country.

John won the race before returning to the Lebanon a week later to take part in the rescheduled official event.

He said: "As a result of the incredible welcome and generous hospitality shown to me by the Lebanese people, I decided to sponsor one of their athletes to run in the London marathon, a race I have competed in myself every year since 1993.

"I also managed to convince my old friend Max Chaya, currently featuring on the Discovery Channel programme - Everest: Beyond the Limit, to come and run as well."

John, who is married with three children, put up the Lebanese runner Daoud Mustafa and Max Chaya in his home before the race.

He said: "While Max has travelled the world, having famously climbed the

'Seven Summits' and skied to both Poles, Daoud, a PE teacher from a small school in the north of his country, had never before left the Lebanon."

The 33-year-old Lebanese teacher achieved a great result finishing comfortably inside the top 30.

John said: "Come the morning of the marathon, it was Daoud who impressed - with a proven ability to run 2hr 35mins, he lined up with the elite and fast club runners.

"Thanks to the fast course, glorious weather and fantastic crowds who cheered him the whole way, Daoud ran the race of his life finishing in 26th place with a time of 2hrs 28mins 29secs - a new Lebanese record for the marathon."

While John's time of 3hrs 57mins was not quite as impressive, the fact he had taken part in the Paris Marathon just a week before provided an excuse.

In November the athlete intends to travel back to Beirut to take part in this year's marathon, for which he is looking for sponsorship.

Anyone who would like to speak to the runner should email John at j_tyszk@yahoo.co.uk

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