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Running a marathon (well, sort of)

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I’m not a long distance runner, but for the last 18 months or so I have been getting into doing a few short runs a week – usually about 5km and more recently sometimes up to about 9km.

Basically I’m pretty happy running for up to about an hour, but I’ve not tried slowing it down and going much further.

Two Point Six Challenge

Last Sunday would have been the day of the London Marathon had it not been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Marathon usually raises a lot of money for charities through sponsorship so in light of it being cancelled they came up with #TwoPointSixChallenge the idea being for people to raise some money doing their own challenges based around the number 26.

Pre run selfie

Some people are running 2.6 miles, some are cycling or doing other sports or activities. Everyone’s level of ability is different and difficulty is relative. Certainly I could not have run 2.6 miles 18 months ago, but given that I run often it would not have been difficult enough now. So I decided to run all 26 miles this week.

I’m doing it to raise some money for Cancer Research UK. If you would like contribute to you can donate on my JustGiving page.

We have already raised £336 £566 £722 (including Facebook donations) which is amazing, so thank you to everyone who has donated.

The main reason for this blog post is because I think giving it one last push could help it reach a few more people who might want to donate to Cancer Research.

Social Media

Social media is proving to be a difficult way of reaching everyone. A friend I chatted to today said they weren’t aware I am doing it, despite me going on about it constantly online for the past two days! I am battling against the algorithms.

So if you would like to donate then that would be amazing. But even if you don’t (which really is fine) then it could help loads if you could like, share or reply to or otherwise react to my social media posts about it – as that will help to convince the algorithms that it’s interesting.

Please see: this tweet or this Facebook post.

Progress

I went a bit overboard and ran 9 miles on Monday and 10 miles today so I have about 7 miles left to do. So I’m doing a marathon in three days.

Monday was all things idyllic and sunny but today was pretty hard going and in relentless driving rain. Also I foolishly took a right turn up the steepest hill in the area which goes on LITERALLY FOREVER. So now I’m feeling a bit broken. You can see my routes here and here on Strava.

I cannot fathom how people run a whole marathon in one session at any sort of speed!

Progress update 2 (29/03)

I completed it this morning. Day 3 was not too bad! What have I learned? I could probably manage a half marathon.

Please help share this!

Any shares likes, retweets and comments et cetera help more than you might realise. It would be great to get to £400. Donations are now at £722. I will top it up by an extra £100 as well. The current (and of course very serious) virus problems aside cancer remains one of the highest causes of suffering and death, and science and research are how we will eventually solve it.

And if you do want to donate please click the big banner at the top or below. And if not please do consider sharing.

Thank you!

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