On Sunday 28th April 2019 I will cross the start line of perhaps the greatest mass participation running event in the World…. The Virgin Money London Marathon!
My running journey began primarily as a means to keep fit as I progressed in to middle age, now or never! It started with a jog up to the ‘first gate’ on Moor Lane. I subsequently pushed on further towards the ‘second gate’, before crashing through this final obstacle and I emerged on to the wild moors of the Yorkshire Dales and a great passion for running has developed within.
The first race I took part in was the Wharfedale off road Half Marathon in June 2012. This low-key event follows a 13.2 mile ‘undulating’ course around the village of Grassington and is an absolute cracker, although I did look a little out of place in upcycled cycling attire!
As my confidence and fitness increased I pushed myself a little harder and the subsequent years have seen me take part in numerous more ‘challenging’ events….. the Yorkshireman Half marathon, the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round, the Wadsworth Trog, the Tour of Pendle and culminating in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Fell Race.
The last couple of years has seen me pushing even further, beyond the marathon distance and I have now completed six ‘ultra’ events with the intention of getting a few more under my belt later this year also.
Last year was not without its challenges, but throughout them all the freedom and sense of wellbeing I gain from running, spending so much time outside in all weathers has been invaluable to maintaining a positive outlook on life and definitely assists in keeping all things in perspective.
London will be my second road marathon and after many years of watching on television and applying through the ballot I have been lucky enough to secure a place. Sadly, one of my dearest friends lost his father to Alzheimer’s late last year so I have chosen to collect some money for @DementiaRev in his memory. As the population gets increasingly older it is unfortunately an illness that will very sadly affect more and more of us.