Glen Harrington

Glen Harrington

London Marathon 2020-21

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Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hello everyone and thank you for visiting my fundraising page.[/p][p]You could forgiven for thinking you've been here before. I was originally due to run the London Marathon in April 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic ensured that would sadly not be happening. Nonetheless, I completed the 'virtual' race in October in an official time of 4:29:21. Now I've had the trial run, I'm hoping that I can go even quicker in 2021, whilst raising more money for my chosen charity. [/p][p]I'm raising money for the [url=https://www.youthsporttrust.org/]Youth Sport Trust[/url] - which is the fantastic children's charity for which I work. I'm doing this for a couple of reasons. Firstly, to support a brilliant cause, which is to ensure every child enjoys the life-changing benefits that come from play and sport. And secondly, it's to give back to an organisation which has done a lot to support me personally, from giving me a job back in 2015, to helping fund my wedding, first home and the arrival of dog Riley and baby boy Magnus. They've also given me close to six years of coming to a job I enjoy, surrounded by enthusiastic, sporty, like-minded people, and all the benefits that brings with it. They even prompted the start of my running journey.[/p][p]In the summer of 2018, I was encouraged to try the 'Couch to 5k' mobile app, which for those that don't know is aimed at helping non-runners build up to a distance of 5km. Desperate to keep up with my colleagues in our weekly after work football matches, conscious of feeling both a little overweight and quite unfit for the first time in my life, I decided to give it a go. I didn't expect to enjoy it. [/p][p]I was shocked to find that my experience was quite the opposite. Upon completing the app I continued to run three times a week. I began to notice real differences - I was happier with how I looked, happier with how I felt, and happier with my performances in the other sports that I enjoy. I started running for longer and going further - culminating in taking part in 'The Wall' ultra-marathon relay in the summer of 2019 - contributing 16 miles out of a total of 70 covered by the team. It was one of the smaller contributions on the team but I was personally delighted with the progress and that encouraged me to keep going. In September I ran my first half marathon - somehow clocking a time of 1:59:59 - just under my two hour target.[/p][p]I then decided to try and go one step further in the hopes the Marathon would act as the perfect culmination of what should have been a near two-year journey. 18-months further on and I hope to finally run that race! I now can't imagine my life without running. I look forward to it. Plan other things around it. And I've got to listen to a lot of good podcasts! Speaking more broadly, the impact that being physically active every day for the first time in many years has had on me, has underlined the importance of the work YST do. Not everyone will have the helpful prompt that I had to start doing something active - and for young people this is even more important. [/p][p]If my running can help give more people the experience that I've had over the last two years, then that makes all the training and a few hours of pain running 26 miles through London totally worth it. [/p][p]Thank you for your ongoing support. Any donations you can give would be hugely appreciated.[/p]
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Oct 12, 2020

Zoe & Campbell X

Amazing running Glen, well done! Rather you than me!!


Oct 5, 2020

Lucy Palmer

Cogratulations Glenn Cheers, here's to supporting the Youth Sports Trust!

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Oct 5, 2020

JacobGreenwood

Congrats Glen - great effort!

£5.00

plus £1.25 Gift Aid


Oct 4, 2020

Holly Jim Eva and Sam

Well done Glen..remember staying with you when you first took up running so a fantastic achievement.

£15.00


Oct 4, 2020

Jon Karen

Such an achievement Glen, so proud of you here in Send! Love the Lords x

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Oct 4, 2020

Julie Simonelli

Well done Glen! Brilliant x

£5.00

plus £1.25 Gift Aid


Oct 4, 2020

James Burrows

Go Glen Go!!

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Oct 4, 2020

Elaine Mack

You got this Glen ! Look forward to another curry and quiz night to celebrate

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Oct 3, 2020

Emily

Good luck tomorrow Glen. Cheering on a true YST Champ from a distance - Run like the wind!

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Oct 3, 2020

Rebecca DArcy

Go Glen!

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid

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