Is this the first time you have applied to run the London Marathon? Have you ever tried to get in through the ballot?
No – by the time I had decided to take on the challenge, it was too late to apply through the ballot. So, my first thought was to come direct to the Charity.
Why did you want to run for EHAAT?
In appreciation for the magnificent work the EHAAT team provided to try and save my brother. When my family and I visited the airbase to meet the crew, we found out that you are not government funded. I wanted to do all I could to help raise money for such a great and worthwhile charity.
It is all still quite raw. When I’m running, I either get upset thinking about him, or it spurs me on to do better. If I run late at night I feel at my lowest and that’s when it catches me. But during the day, I know he is pushing me on.
What are your plans to help you raise money?
I am a roofer for my dad’s business. There are some clients who have said they are going to donate to my efforts. I play for two football teams, Saturday and Sunday league, so I’m going to get them to play each other, and donate the money raised that day. My sister suggested I do a fancy-dress party. I am also thinking of doing a race night or a poker night. I’m trying to make it fun. Another idea I’ve had is for everyone to bid on the time they think I will complete the marathon in, with the winner getting a bit of the money. I’m also keeping a virtual training diary which I will post on social media, so I will attach my online giving link to those posts to encourage people to donate.
How is your training going so far?
I ran my first half marathon (13.1miles) yesterday in 2 hours 2 minutes. I haven’t had any injuries so far. I am also running Brighton Marathon the week before London, so I am a bit ahead in my training compared to others.
About 5/6 year ago I used to only run 10km’s, trying to do it as fast as I could each time. When I was completing those, I would always avoid hills to make it easier. But this time, I’m challenging myself to take them on to really push myself. I’ve felt really strong. I’ve been working with a Personal Trainer once a week, focusing on balance and my core strength, to ensure I am running efficiently.
I’m really enjoying the training. I can’t wait for Tuesday’s and Thursday’s when I get outside. Sunday mornings are a bit more of a struggle though as you can imagine.
I’m planning to have a sports massage every other week from now as there is only so much stretching I can do to help myself. Then I will probably have three sports massages between the two marathons.
What would be your one tip for anyone taking on running now?
Start! Just get out there and run. Don’t push yourself too hard at first. Just do two or three miles and then build it up. Don’t run before you can walk as you will get injured and then disinterested.
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