After a few years out of the long distance running Reflex ( sponsored racing driver Ben de Zille Butler dug out the Asics again this year to get back on the road.

"A combination of lack of time and lack of budget has meant that this season I had to take a back seat on the driving front but still needed something to get me teeth into on a competitive level. Having run several marathons and half marathons in the past I decided it was time to have another crack at the 3 hour marathon. My personal best (in London 2005) stands at 3hrs 24 minutes but as i reach my mid thirties my body is at it's best for improving that time. I've obviously still been running in the last 5 years to keep fit for the racing but not at this sort of distance or competitive level."

With the 2010 London Marathon already oversubscribed by the time Ben decided on his challenge he realised London 2011 was a more reaistic target for the sub 3 hour time he has his eyes set on. To ensure a serious training regime was met Ben entered himself into a number of events during 2010 so that he could gauge his level of progression along the way.

The Snetterton 10k was his first competitive race in August and Ben came home 12 overall in a time of 41minutes (a new PB).

"I was more than pleased with the 10k time as it was my a new personal best. I had hoped for a sub 40minute time but at the last minute was asked to test a Ginetta G50 racecar the same day. After 3 hours in the hot car I was fairly drained so to still do the run in a competitive time was very pleasing."

The next run came last weekend when Ben took on the 'Run to the Beat' London Half Marthon which took the runners around Greenwich and back to the 02 arena. With the New York Marthon only 5 weeks away Ben was hoping for a time of 1hr 27mins 30 secs which would be enough to put him on track for the 3hrs 15mins he is aiming for in New York.

With 17,000 entries and some very competitive runners in the leading group Ben was hoping for top 250 placing and so got off to a quick start with the lead group. As the professional runners pulled away Ben settled into a good pace with those around him and managed to complete the 13.1 miles in just over 1hr 25minutes. Not only was that quick enough to be well inside Ben's target time it was also enough to place him 88th overall out of 17000 runners.

"I am really happy with the time and also with my placing. The time was well inside my target and so if I can keep the mileage up over the next few weeks I am confident that New York will be just as good."

Ben has been using his regular Reflex Nutrition supplements during his training (Microwhey, Whey Refresh, The Edge, Peptide Fusion, BCAA's, L-Glutamine and NEXGEN multivitamins) which have played a big part in his progression and allowed him to maximise his training.

Ben will also be in action this weekend at Silverstone in the Britcar 24hour race, driving the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 for Nicholas Mee Racing along side his cousin Dan de Zille.


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