MARK Feasey from the Old Ship Inn took on the challenge of the Dunstable Downs half marathon at the weekend with his brother Iain.
Runners had the option to run a full marathon, 26.2 miles or the half marathon.
The race started and finished at the local Community Football Centre in Dunstable in Bedfordshire and the participants were then taken through the picturesque Chiltern Hills in bright sunshine.
The route was predominantly off-road, making use of public footpaths and bridleways with a few short stretches of country road.
Mark completed in 2hrs 15minutes and was only three minutes behind his elder brother, Iain.
The race between the two Feasey brothers could have been even closer but for a nasty fall.
Mark took a tumble with just over a mile to go, cutting his knee, hip, elbow, chin and lip, however he soldiered on and finished the race.
“I would like to thank everyone who sponsored me, and helped me raise £1,200 for the Meningitis Trust and Candlelighters,” said Mark.
At The Old Ship Inn in Bethel Street this weekend there is a rare treat in store for music fans.
On Sunday, Jonnie Walker will be playing from 8pm.
“Jonnie normally plays on the streets of towns and cities across the country, so it is a privilege to get him inside for a change!” said Mark.
And then on Saturday, September 28 there will be live music from The Explosions.
There will also be a new menu available soon which will feature Winter Warmers dishes as the dark nights and the cold weather comes in. Perish the thought . . .
In the meantime the pub continues to serve their good value meals seven days a week, at £2.99 each running along side the standard menu.