LONDON MARATHON 2019
Three years ago I battled the London Marathon after losing two friends who sadly failed to win their own personal battles with cancer. I was proud to run with Colin and Claire on my shirt, raising around £3000 for Cancer Research, the charity nominated by Claire's family.
I wasn't convinced it was a trick I wanted to repeat (FYI running 26.2 miles in 3.5 hours is *expletive* hard work), but last year the idea started to take hold. I thought it would be good to fundraise for a charity linked to Colin. His mum, Alison, suggested Melanoma UK, an organisation with whom he did some great things before passing away, including work on sun safety. Our old BBC Radio Derby office is now named after him.
Then, in November, I got some unexpected and shocking news. One of my friends had taken his own life.
I lived with Dave Taylor in Birmingham in 2009. He was probably the most idiosyncratic friend I've ever had. But in a great way. Always fun, always up for a laugh. Your quintessential "top bloke". I knew I had to run - for Colin, Claire, Dave and for all the other men like him who struggle to conquer their own personal inner challenges.
Blackheath - Buck House: 26.2 miles
On Sunday 28 April I will spring from my blocks on the start line in Blackheath, dodging the Z-list celebs and people dressed as rhinos. Some men will be carrying washing machines. But I will have a new shirt that will bear the pictures of three friends with whom I was fortunate enough to enjoy some great times. Gone but not forgotten, keeping their memory alive.
Although the day itself is quite something (you can see why some get hooked on the world's largest single fundraising event) the training, through the dark, cold, wet days of winter, is more akin to regularly having your leg muscles punched by a battalion of armour-plated Pez dispensers. Normally whilst taking a cold shower. Outside. On a busy street. Filled with mobile phone addicted smombies determined to block you on the narrow pavement like characters from a modern day Streets of Rage. L-I-V-I-N-G.
So please, give whatever you can. All money raised will be split 50-50 between Melanoma UK, who helped Colin, and Samaritans Birmingham, who work hard to help people like Dave and his family.
Losing friends is rubbish. Let's do something good to remember them. Thanks.
Running / Walking
Event is completed
with gift aid: £3,935.32
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