[Words by Peter White ] As you may be aware, I am currently training for the Virgin London Marathon at the end of April and this week sees me enter the last three weeks of my 16 week training plan.
When I was lucky enough to secure a place in the race, I decided to collect funds for the Dementia Revolution (Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK), the London Marathons official charity in 2019, following the untimely death of a dear friend’s father during the course of last year. This cruel illness has undoubtedly affected most families in some way and is currently proving very difficult to overcome as an illness. If you are able to donate towards this cause please feel free to give as much or as little as you can afford at my Virgin Money Giving page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PeterWhite44
For those of you that like a statistic in relation to my training. Since the New Year I have so far:
• Completed 85 runs,
• Covered a distance of 445 miles,
• Which has taken me 71 hours and 52 minutes.
• In the process I have burnt 52,862 calories,
• Running at an average speed of 6.3 mph,
• With an average heart rate of 130 beats per minute
• And have climbed 33,002 vertical feet.
As an avid sport and fitness fan, it is fantastic to see the range of sports being provided through the number of Sport & Leisure projects being completed by Watson Batty Architects. Egham Orbit Leisure Centre in Egham, Surrey was the most recently completed and I was pleased to be invited to attend the Royal Opening by HRH the Duke of Kent.
Egham is the third new build wet and dry leisure centre that we have completed as a practice and is our second with Pellikaan Construction from the Netherlands. It adds to our portfolio of similar leisure centres at Washington and Newark. Our knowledge and understanding of the Sport and Leisure sector has made us in to a leading Sport and Leisure Architect and we are excited about our portfolio of new projects about to commence.
Watson Batty Architects also has a proven track record in the delivery of Extra Care/Assisted Living facilities directly supporting patients that are potentially suffering from the effects of dementia in some form. Knowing that this specialism enables us to provide both design and technical support in this increasingly busy area of our business as well as being able run the marathon, raising further awareness and funds for Dementia, is a great honour.
Please keep an eye out for me on the 28th April in London, my race number is #27465.