[fusion_builder_container backgroundcolor=”” backgroundimage=”” backgroundrepeat=”no-repeat” backgroundposition=”left top” backgroundattachment=”scroll” video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” bordersize=”0px” bordercolor=”” borderstyle=”” paddingtop=”20px” paddingbottom=”20px” paddingleft=”0px” paddingright=”0px” menu_anchor=”” equal_height_columns=”no” hundred_percent=”no” class=”” id=””][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_vimeo id=”64130281″ width=”500″ height=”281″ autoplay=”no” api_params=”badge=0&byline=0&title=0&portrait=0″ class=””/][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container][fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_text]With just under 2 weeks to go until the big day I am through the hardest (and dullest) part of my training and have started to ease up a bit so I’m fresh on the day. It was great to finally get out in some sunshine this weekend after what must have been the most miserable first three months of the year ever.

As a result of colds and other injuries I didn’t quite make my planned furthest distance of 22 miles but did make it to 19 a few weeks back but I’m not sure I’d even have managed that if it weren’t for your generosity. You can see a dramatically sped up fly over of the 19 miles that took me 2hr 40mins last weekend in just 2mins 10secs in this week’s video blog.

I’m still tracking for a respectable time but a lot can happen between now and then as well as on the day when the sheer number of people on the course can have a big impact. If you’ve never been in London for the Marathon then I would definitely recommend it. If nothing else it is a great spectacle, there is a wide variety of entertainment around the course and you can take pleasure in the fact you are not running. The Canary Wharf area affords several opportunities to see the race as it passes within about 200 metres of the same spot a few times, the bars, restaurants and shops are open as normal and you can easily get back to the finish area in Westminster on the Jubilee Line. I’ll be wearing number 40453 and the yellow and blue Help the Hospices vest with my name on it so give me a shout if you see me.

With your support I’ve now exceeded my £2500 sponsorship target and am hoping to be somewhere near £3000 by the time the dust settles.

I plan to send out one more update before the race and another when it’s all over but if you want to keep up to date, I’ll be posting video blogs at https://test.mattsmallman.com/marathon most weeks.

Once again thank you for your generosity and support.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]