This area is exclusively for Team Starfish event fundraisers, raising money to help struggling families get a vital break.
I made the decision to run the London Marathon this year mainly because my wife ran it in 2015 and I saw what an amazing achievement it was. I was so proud of her - not only for all the training and completing the 26.2 miles, but all the fundraising as well.
I vowed I would complete a marathon one day - and this year I just thought there is no time like the present! I would really love to frame our medals and hang them on the wall side by side.
I started training in September last year - and bearing in mind I was not running or doing any exercise before this - I feel like I have made good progress. My wife came with me for a couple of runs at first to support me, and we brought our 2 staffy dogs along as well! But then I got the hang of the sort of pace I needed, and she lost interest (she always says she's done her marathon so she doesn't ever need to run again!).
So I started to get up early 2 days a week to run before work. This started off as 3k, then 5k and now its more like 5 or 6 miles. I was also doing a longer run at the weekends, which went from 5k to 10k and now I am doing 10 or 12 miles every Saturday. I have managed to time my runs well with regards to the weather, and actually feel like the running isn't the hardest part of this!
The fundraising is going well - my family and friends are all supportive and the sponsor money is trickling in. My wife is sponsoring me £20 every month since I signed up. The biggest donation I have received so far is £100 from her Grandad. I have a few more people to collect donations from which will boost the total a bit more. I am currently on about 30% of my target. I am planning to do an event soon to raise even more money like a bingo night with my work colleagues.
I am really enjoying the training and to be honest I have always wanted a hobby but never found anything I enjoyed doing.
But now I think I may have found it. I love getting out into the fresh air, putting on my music or a podcast and just plodding away for a while. I get a really good feeling afterwards - a massive sense of achievement.
I've also met some other runners out and about which is nice. Where I run around the local aerodrome there are lots of local people running or cycling there which gives me a real sense of community and being a part of something. I wonder how many of the runners there are also training for the marathon.
I chose the Family Holiday Association as it doesn't just support one cohort of people in need, but a whole range of issues whether that is bereaved families, disabled people, or those in poverty for example. Knowing that the money I am raising will go towards helping vulnerable people really helps keep me focus on the days when I don't feel like training.
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