The London Marathon seems to be the running event that people want to experience once in their life. It used to be on my ‘things to do before I’m 30’ list but after failing to secure a place through the ballot system it had fallen down my priority list. Triathlons have taken over my early 30’s, with this year’s goal being the UK Ironman in July. An Ironman ends in running a marathon after a 2.2mile swim and a 112 mile bike. My training started in December, and the first half of my 2014 had been planned: lots of training and an attempt to squeeze in work, rest and play!
At the beginning of February I received an email, as did everyone at Central Health Physiotherapy with the offer of a last minute charity place with the goal of raising £1000. A runner had dropped out and this golden opportunity was presented on a plate. Even in this big year of training I could not resist, and quickly responded. I had run 13miles that morning as part of my training so knew that this was a perfect event to add to this year’s programme. After a painful wait the response came back ‘You are in!’
Lucy at The Bob Champion Cancer Trust was soon in touch, and supportive in my sponsorship planning. The charity was set up in 1983,
2 years after jockey Bob Champion won the Grand National after overcoming cancer. The charity’s focus is prostate, testicular and urological cancers and was the first male dedicated cancer research unit in Europe. More information can be found at www.bobchampion.org.uk So my London marathon experience begins. I trained this weekend in rain and wind, but when I see another generous donation on my Just Giving page, I know it is worth the hard work. And surely the weather can only get only get better after the wet winter we’ve had!
And finally a note to my colleagues: with injury prevention a priority you may all be roped into helping me with stretches, training tips and sports massage! Of course let me know if you want a cup of tea or coffee at work, I will willingly make it for £1 with every penny going to support the Bob Champion Cancer Trust and helping me meet my £1000 target!
You can sponsor Vicky at www.justgiving.com/Victoria-Frosdick