10 Oct 2016
October 10, 2016

London Marathon Ballot Success!

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London 2017 starts here!

I have been looking for a reason to start blogging again and what better reason that my very first Marathon, the 2017 Virgin London Marathon. I am in!

Today marks the very first day of my London Marathon journey.   I’ve never run a marathon before, it’s been on my ‘bucket list’.

I have entered the ballot 4 years in a row and today that ‘You’re In’ magazine fell through my letterbox and I finally got lucky, so here it begins… My journey to 26.2.

Journey to London, 26.2

Running and I have never been the best of friends. I’m not completely rubbish at it, but i’m not a natural distance runner either, I usually only run socially and for general fitness reasons and I do find it hard work, I would rather lift weights than run any day!

I will however be running this marathon for a purpose, not just to tick off my bucket list but also because I want to raise money for a charity that is very close to my families hearts right at this very moment in time – Alzheimers Research.

To give purpose to a goal that you are working towards is a great motivator and this is what will get me through this 6-month journey that lies ahead.

I will post regular training updates as the months progress, official training won’t start until around the New Year, with 16 weeks to go to Marathon day, 23rd April 2017, but I will start to add more running to my life from now to get my body used to it alongside my Crossfit training.

My motivation

To the right is a picture of me with my Dad taken last Christmas, 2015. To look at him, you wouldn’t know any different, he looks happyMe and my Dad, Christmas 2016
and like he is leading a normal life.

Dad was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia some years ago.  Now in his mid eighties, all we can do is watch as the illness gradually
worsens.  To see someone who was once a strapping proud and handsome ex Royal Navy serviceman become a shadow of his former self is just soul destroying.

This illness robs the sufferer of their life and not just their life, but also that of their loved ones, in this case my Dad’s carer is his devoted wife, who spends her life attending to his every need.

Please show your support 

This terrible illness can happen to anyone and there’s currently no cure. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and the number is set to rise to 1 million by 2021.

You can support this charity and my journey to 26.2 by donating to my Virgin money fundraising page here. Every penny counts.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. xx