Monday, 17 April 2017

London Calling

On Sunday I’m coming out of road marathon running retirement for one last amazing day running the London Marathon.

You may remember I’m doing it because Cavendish Cancer Care got a bond place in this their 25th Anniversary year ….. and had nobody to run it for them. So they looked in Yellow Pages and found me under Marathon Runner for Hire. Despite my protestations of retirement I found myself saying yes to the ever persuasive Tim Pryor.

Yes because Cavendish is a small but very well loved South Yorkshire charity.
Yes because they provide counselling care for whole families including the children of sufferers.
Yes because I’d have liked that in 1973 when my Father died of cancer
Yes because I was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour myself in 2016

And in many ways it is a fitting book-end to my road marathon running exploits which started on the streets of London in 1995 – 22 years ago.

Training has been tough – largely because I found it difficult to keep going out and putting in the long hard flat (ish) miles. Although as always once I’d made a start it was fine if a little tedious.

I also had the joys of a 3 month check-up before my last long training run. This involves fasting and the euphemistically referred to “bowel prep” – in other words catastrophic laxative! In 24 hours I lost 11 lbs (5kgs)!!

To celebrate all of this I shall be dressing for the occasion on Sunday and running the marathon like this:

If it’s hot I’ll melt and take it very easily. If it’s wet I’ll get very heavy and take it very easily. If it’s perfect conditions I’ll still take it very easily! I shall, however, remain properly attired for the full 26.2 miles – no loosening of the bow tie or any other lapse of etiquette. I expect a high chafing factor in the midlands and will apply anti-chafing factor 40 accordingly.

Whatever it takes and no matter how long I’m out there I will complete and I will enjoy it. Thanks to your incredible generosity I’ve already raised nearly £3500. This amount of money provides a full package of care for 8 whole families. This is life changing thank you. And there’s still time to sponsor me if you would like to – the link is on the right at the top of the page.

Next stop – London! 

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