With only 12 weeks to prepare and less than 10 training miles banked in 2013 I was asked if I wanted to take up a reserve place for London Marathon in aid of Help the Hospices after another of their runners had to drop out. To be successful I need to log almost 250 miles of training, raise £2500 pounds in sponsorship and obviously complete my first ever marathon in a target time of 3h45m.
Fortunately Barclays will match every pound you donate up to £750 and justgiving.com will automatically claim gift aid back if you are a taxpayer so hitting my fundraising target should be a lot easier than my training target which unfortunately I have to do all myself.
Help the Hospices
Hospices are fantastic organisations, usually locally run, that look after the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of terminally ill patients as well as their friends and families from the point where further treatment would be meaningless.
Both my father and father-in-law spent were able to really live the last few days of their lives in two different but both fantastic institutions. The contrast and effect of moving from a purely functional hospital ward to a loving and caring environment at this very difficult time can never be underestimated. UK Hospices collectively need to raise more than a million pounds a day almost £400 million pounds a year to maintain the services they offer to patients and their families.
I’ve always loved running and used ran a lot but over the last decade the pressures or work, family, commuting and general lethaegy prevented me from doing very much at all. That was until last January when I decided it was time to make a change. Over the course of 2012 I worked from a standing (should probably read crawling start) where I could barely go 2 miles without walking to completing 2 half marathons (both in under 2 hours) and raising over £1700 for charity.
Completing the London Marathon was always a dream of mine and even though I was successful in winning places in the ballot many years ago I wasn’t able to participate as a result of work commitments (‘Global War on Terror’). I was only ever going to run for this charity as a result of the significant impact hospices had on my family and I at a very difficult time and this will probably be the only marathon I run (Half Marathon’s are far less demanding on training time).