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Peter Jefferies

2018 Virgin Money London Marathon

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My story

[p]As some of you know, last year I unexpectedly lost my dad. I think about him every day.[/p][p]For over 20 years he lived with the devastating, unyielding spectre of MS. Latterly, though his mind was as active as ever, with his enviable ability to be fascinated and engrossed in any number of subjects, he couldn’t drink, could only eat certain foods, had barely any freedom of movement, and knew he would inevitably deteriorate. But when asked, he’d always say [i]‘there are a lot of other people who have it worse[/i]’. And he meant it. Not quite sure about that dad. But what a selfless, astonishing and admirable trait - and one I’m most proud of him for.[/p][p]Now, he wasn’t much of a runner (aside from an ill-fated ‘jogging’ phase in the early 90s sporting a late 70s black tracksuit with bright orange trim which befitted dad’s fashion forward vibe more than it did the jogging craze of the time), but he did join me for my first ever 5km race when I was young. He’ll join me again in memory this time.[/p][p]So, this is for him. But also for those others who continue to suffer every day: [/p][p]I’m running to raise money for the lovely MS Trust charity. There’s been lots in the news about encouraging new treatments for those suffering from MS - in particular recent advances in stem cell treatment. Though whilst providing hope for those with the relapsing/remitting form of the illness, there’s still a huge amount of research needed to help those with the progressive form that took so much away from dad. [/p][p]The MS Trust recognise that because reliable treatments, (or the real prize - a cure) are still some time away, those with MS really need the support of specialist services - especially MS Nurses. The trust focus on providing this support and so you can be sure your donations go directly to helping people live their lives as best they can. [/p][p]“[i]Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that's the essence of running, and a metaphor for life[/i]” - Haruki Murakami, What I talk about when I talk about running (an excellent read..) [/p][p]And a note about running. It’s great. I just wish I had done it more throughout my life. Setting yourself a challenge, and that, of course, can be walking a single mile all the way to winning a hilly ultra marathon is a certain way to provide motivation. As is raising money for a good cause. But there’s a real, tangible endorphin rush I and others experience at the end of a run and if you can get yourself out of the door in the morning (and it’s having that faith - that knowledge that you’ll feel better as a result) the rewards are there to reap. I try to do a sort of ‘holding my mental breath’: getting my running gear on as I wake up and getting out on the road before my mind has the chance to catch up and deftly convince myself that it can wait another day. It takes a lot to get started, but I never regret it once I’ve finished.[/p][p]People often talk about a clarity of mind when running. But I experience the complete opposite. And it’s wonderful. The solitude of running and the break from thought (and the distractions of other people and technology) that the mode of running presents is almost unique, and for an unashamed extrovert, a valuable opportunity to reset.[/p][p]And finally - you improve. When I began training for my first marathon I remember running 4km, being shattered, and felt hugely disappointed with my pace. But 4 months later I was able to run the whole marathon at a pace quicker than I ran that initial 4km. I’m not a fantastic runner, and I’m probably not going to win the London Marathon this year. But running allows you to compete with yourself, and you’re generally going to win. And that’s a pretty motivating situation to be in.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Last time (I ran for the MS society in 2012) we raised a colossal £5000 which was as humbling as it was wonderful. Whatever you can spare this time will lead to my eternal gratitude.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Thank you all for reading![/p][p][br][/p][p]Pete[/p]
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Well done Pete. You did your Dad proud.

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Sorry it's so late..... Really late! Your father was clearly a legend. A brilliant charity, well done for supporting it...... in such a painful way!

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Well done - great achievement for a great charity. Proud of you, as your dad would have been. So sorry this is so late!

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Sorry it’s late! An amazing cause- huge congrats on smashing both the marathon and your fundraising target!

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Sammy H

Fantastic job Pete!

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Bill Harwood

Well done Pete.

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The Stewart Family

Well done cousin Peter! In loving memory of Uncle John. Love from, Si, Debbie, Lottie and Tilly x

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Rob Carson

Well done Pete

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