Run with me to London

orig-gsre13747According to Google Maps it is approximately 500 miles from my front door to the start line of the London Marathon.

Training for a marathon can be a lonely business, so how great would it be if I could have some virtual buddies along the way and raise money for a great charity, Asthma UK, at the same time?

So here’s my idea … I have split the journey into equal, separate parts of 3.1 miles each (or 5km) and for your donation of just £8 a portion of the route can be yours to virtually walk, run, cycle, crawl or however you like whenever you want between now and marathon day itself, 23rd April 2017.

And to add to the fun I’ll even tell you what part of the route is ‘yours’! 🙂

In return for keeping me company on my way to London I’ll send you a custom medal to add to (or start) your collection.


How do I donate?
You can donate via Paypal. My email address is, and remember to select ‘friends and family’ to maximise the amount received. Also, please mention the virtual run and post your address in the comments box if given the opportunity.

You can also donate with a bank transfer. Just message me for details.

What proof do I need?
Record your 5k using one of the many fitness apps available and simply send me a screenshot. It doesn’t matter how long it takes you, or what method you use. You don’t even have to run. All that matters is that you get out there and do it!

When do I have to do it?
You’re free to do it any time you want between now and the marathon, although I’ll not be sending the medals out until I get back from London.

Do I have to do the full 5k in one go?
Not at all! Mix it up how you like over as long as you want.

See also: Facebook event page

A wee cheat run

fullsizerender-27London Marathon Training
Week 8, Day 2

Ok, I’ll admit it. I was sneaky tonight.

My training plan for London demands I go out four times a week. One of those is always Monday night at the club, and the other always my Sunday long run.

Other than that it’s basically my choice, and usually I do one of Wednesday/Thursday and Friday/Saturday.

However, having already gone to club last night and having Sunday to look ‘forward’ to I decided that I’d go along to C25K tonight to use one of my nights up, and to also give me only one more run to do before the weekend.

In my defence, Sunday is a half-marathon so it maybe makes sense to rest up as much as possible before then. Honest, guv, that was my thinking *cough*.

So, anyway, tonight. It’s starting to get to the business end of C25K, and the schedule this evening was 2×15-minute runs. It was good to see so many people still sticking with it, despite their nerves. I remember only too well what it felt like to be at this stage of the process but I also know that from here on in you’ve more or less cracked it.

As always it was fun. It was run at a leisurely pace, but also significantly quicker than it has been on the other two occasions I’ve been.

I’ll admit that my legs were tired tonight, but that’s not surprising given my exploits since Saturday. This was also going to be a recovery run and I did take it easy but also, when the occasion arose, I did let loose and allowed myself to open the throttle a little.

I’m definitely going to take a day off tomorrow. I think I’ve earned it. Tonight was my fourth consecutive day running and whilst that is nothing compared to those that streak for years for me it’s as busy as it’s ever got so I need to be careful not to overdo it.

London Marathon Training (119.4 miles – 28 runs)
Week 1 – 12.2 miles (4 runs; average 3.05 miles per run)
Week 2 – 9.3 miles (2 runs; average 4.65 miles per run)
Week 3 – 17.7 miles (4 runs; average 4.4 miles per run)
Week 4 – 18.8 miles (4 runs; average 4.7 miles per run)
Week 5 – 14.9 miles (4 runs; average 3.7 miles per run)
Week 6 – 18.7 miles (4 runs; average 4.7 miles per run)
Week 7 – 20.3 miles (4 runs; average 5.1 miles per run)
Week 8 – 7.5 miles (2 runs; average 3.7 miles per run)