Our Champion Takes 7th Place at Manchester Marathon

Axair Refrigeration’s running champion; Director Robert Burn, achieved 7th Place in the male veteran over 55's category at Manchester Marathon on 3rd April 2022. With a total time of 2:49:12, this places him in 8th position overall for the Veterans over 55 UK GB rankings. As stated on Manchester Marathon’s official website around 25,000 runners were registered to take part in the almighty 26.2 mile challenge. Out of 14,173 runners in the men’s category Rob was positioned at 502. An outstanding achievement and a result Rob will be very pleased with after so much determination with months of training and a restricted diet.   Rob has taken part in countless running competitions in the past and has shown a lot of commitment to remain in good health and at the top end of the leader board for his category. It’s clear to see that this is a strong passion of Rob’s and he has faced many testing times, previously he was faced with the possibility of having to give up running permanently due to having a serious accident.

On Sunday 18th October 2015, after Rob’s accident, the 5th edition of the most scenic running competition in the world took place at the Sportsway International Lake Maggiore Marathon in Verbania, Italy. Every year hundreds of International athletes gather to run along the evocative Lake Maggiore’s banks in front of the beautiful Borromean Islands. Rob was not part of a team due to his injuries but later decided to enter the race as a non-competitive runner alongside 65 other entrants in this kind and 374 competitive runners. Regardless of Rob’s injuries, his determination and hard work away from the event showed him to be a fine athlete. It was an extremely proud moment for Rob and the Axair team, he finished the 42km / 26mile race in 2:49:19 and was placed 7th in the race overall when combining both competitive and non-competitive athletes. If Rob had of entered as a competitive racer he would have finished first in the SM50 and was delighted to discover that the winner of the SM55 was just in front of him who at the time ranked the number 1 in Italy.

Rob is an inspiration to us all and testimony to having the drive and commitment to succeed and overcome any challenge. Since his injuries in the past, he has continued to train extensively and has taken part in a number of competitions, each time going up the rankings. With charity work being close to the heart at Axair, Rob also took the initiative to fundraise for a lot of the events he has taken part in and has raised money for a variety of charities over the years. Rob’s next race will be in December and we look forward to seeing his continuous progress and success. He has definitely worked hard to get himself back in such good form, the future of our Axair running champion is looking very promising.