The race is on for the Berlin marathon

THREE runners from Yorkshire are heading out from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Berlin to take part in the marathon this weekend (September 25).

Dave Archer, aged 34, from Chesterfield, is heading out to take part in the Berlin marathon along with two other runners, Tom Jenkins and Mike Sprot, from Sheffield based Hallamshire Harriers.

He said: “We are all really looking forward to taking part in the marathon, we’ve all been busy training and often running twice a day, before and after work.”

“I’ve been running for about 10 years and did the Berlin marathon last year, so I’m hoping to beat my time of 2 hours 25 minutes.”

Dave, who has a two year old daughter, works at Chesterfield Hospital at a physiotherapist. “The trip to Berlin will be much quicker and easier this year thanks to the new service from Doncaster Sheffield Airport. The flight times are great and mean that we’ll get a full day in Berlin ahead of the race. We’ve also booked into the premium lounge at the airport, which will help us stay nice and relaxed before we fly.”

“Berlin is a beautiful city and one which I’ll go back to with my partner and little girl but this weekend my focus will be on the running.”

The Doncaster Sheffield Airport Flybe service to Berlin operates 4 times a week.

Steve Gill, chief executive of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “We wish Dave and all the other runners from our region the best of luck in the Berlin Marathon.

“It is great to see that people from the Sheffield City Region are making the most of these new routes which are taking them to popular European destinations from their local airport.”

For further information about Doncaster Sheffield Airport and the routes it serves visit www.flydsa.co.uk

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