In 2011 I decided that I wanted to run The London but
unfortunately the event was full and instead I joined in with The Silverstone Half, which in itself was extremely challenging. I managed to raise over £1,800 for The Lighthouse Club and thought to myself, thank goodness that The London was full as I was exhausted.
However, the exhaustion soon subsided and I was ever intent in competing in The London as this had been on my bucket list
for some years to complete before I turned forty! As 2014 is my Quad-Decade year, this was the final time that I could fulfil this challenge before I turned he big four-o! With the help of the Golden Bond from The Lighthouse Club, my place was secured and the training began in January. Running through the streets of my home town of Totnes to increase my stamina and prepare me for the most famous sporting event in the world.
Having only completed a distance of 14 miles in a single run pre-race day, I was confident but anxious about how I would fare at the event. Having travelled to stay with friends a couple of days before, I filled up on pasta, fluids and nut-bars (although most people thought that I was the nut-bar!) and set myself up for the challenge ahead.
In glorious sunshine at Greenwich Park, the countdown started and the streets of London were filled the roar of 36,000 competitors cheering and preparing to embark on this physical challenge.
After crossing the start line, it was great to see the number of spectators all cheering and encouraging all of
the competitors throughout the entire 26.2 miles. It was entertaining to see the likes of Charlie Chaplain, Thor, Iron Man, The Little Mermaid a Telephone Box and not to forget Eddie the Lighthouse! All competing in the event to raise funds for their chosen charity.
For me, it's The Lighthouse Club, I have lost too many close friends and colleagues over the 25 years that I have been in the highway construction industry and until a few years ago, was not aware of the club or the good work that it does. To be involved with the charity as a Membership Secretary in the South West and to form part of the Charitable Giving Committee is fantastic.
Jogging through the streets of London, I was overwhelmed by the amount of support from the public throughout the event, with everybody looking so happy to encourage and support people they have never
met, or ever likely too again.
At 17 miles, I hit the wall. The heat of the day and the lack of further distance training hit me, I slowed to a walk whilst contemplating whether I should carry on or not. After a short while, I saw one of my supporters in the crowd who gave me a helping hand to climb over the wall and carry on. At mile 23, my family cheered me from the crowd and gave me the all important boost to strive towards the finish.
And finish I did - 26.2 miles, The London Marathon 2014 in 5 hours and 19 minutes, celebrated
in style with a fine bottle of Trooper Ale at Horse-guards Parade.
I managed to raise over £4,200 from the generosity of family, friends, colleagues and associates and I am extremely proud to have ticked this from my bucket list and raised awareness and funds for this fabulous charity.