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Ben Williams

Ben Williams

Running the London Marathon

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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][b][u]The London Marathon....seemed like a good idea at the time![/u][/b][/p][p]Firstly, thanks for clicking the link (I assume out of disbelief that I am attempting to run further than the length of a rugby pitch or you want to see how much pain I'm in).[/p][p]I was sat there, in April 2019 thinking that my rugby days were pretty much done due to numerous knocks to my massive swede. So I wanted a new challenge. Those of you that know me will agree, running isn't my strong point unless it's from 5 yards out and flopping over a try line and even then, that's a stretch. I've always wanted to run a marathon so that was that! Entered![/p][p]Several issues then came up....I decided it wasn't quite time to hang up the rugby boots which should mean I'll become the fittest prop in the Rugby Union History but does also mean that I will be often marathon training with bits hanging off me. I also pondered that if I'm putting myself through this, I want it to be worth the inevitable pain involved. So, I've decided to run on behalf of a charity that is close to our hearts *pun absolutely intended*.[/p][p]On 28th March 2018, my good friend and fellow front row fatty (cue that image of Simon from The Inbetweeners going " oh friend") Josh and his amazing wife Josie welcomed to the world Archie Pankhurst. He was born with hypoplastic right heart syndrome. He went through more in his first few weeks than most have to go through in their entire life. I remember visiting him in Evelina a week after he was born and holding him thinking what a little fighter he is (and how Josh created something so awesome). Unfortunately, after my visit he took a turn for the worse and was touch and go for a while, but I knew from the love and dedication that Josh and Josie were showing as well as the amazing care he was receiving from ECHO that he would pull through. When I visited him a couple of weeks later, he was like a different child, the transformation was incredible. The round the clock care Archie had was simply outstanding. 5 weeks later, he was able to go home but the ongoing care meant that he was always in safe hands. Following another surgery, he has grown into an incredible, happy, bouncy young boy. You would never be able to tell what he had to go through in those early stages. We celebrated his 1st birthday in the knowledge that had it not been for ECHO, the occasion may not have happened. And just recently, we were able to join Archie on his first ever summer holiday! [/p][p]I've known Josh and Josie for years and we have shared many life experiences together. The strength and courage they have shown is only surpassed by Archie himself. [/p][p]The reality is that Evelina Children's Heart Organisation (ECHO) receive no government or NHS funding to carry out their work. Running for ECHO and raising much needed funds for the ongoing amazing work they carry out knowing that through their care, others will be able to have an "Archie" in their lives will be a privilege. [/p][p]The birth of a child should be the most amazing moment in a couple's life. By supporting ECHO you'll be making sure the families of children born with heart conditions experience that joy. [/p][p]So please donate. Surely the pain and discomfort I'll be in is worth a tenner alone.... [/p][p][br][/p][p][b][u]Update: 15/12/19[/u][/b][/p][p]So what can I say. What an amazing start to the donations I've had. Thank you so much if you've already dug deep and sent some hard earned money my way. I know that times are hard and money doesn't go as far as it perhaps used to but every penny you donate to ECHO could save a child's life. [/p][p]Training wise, I've been doing a lot of non-weight bearing aerobic training (on top of the twice weekly rugby training). Mostly, sitting on a bike (how does anyone do that for fun...?). It seems to be working, I've lost over half a stone. Don't worry though...I've still got plenty in reserve. [/p][p]Having suffered rugby for pretty much 20 years, my knees and ankles aren't what they used to be, so I've got to be careful with the training load. I have a training programme in place to start in January, building up with increasing distances as we head towards April and the big day. But I thoroughly intend to enjoy the Christmas festivities before the serious stuff starts! [/p][p]In the run up to Christmas, if you can find it in your heart to donate the £5 you were going to spend on that ginger spiced latte to ECHO then that would be amazing. If you are watching the pennies at this time of the year I absolutely understand and I'll just pester you in early 2020! [/p][p]With that, have an amazing Christmas filled with love and good times. See out the decade in style and welcome in 2020 with a bang! [/p][p]Much love[/p][p][br][/p][p]Ben [/p][p]x[/p][p][b][u]Update: 03/01/2020[/u][/b][/p][p]Happy New Year! As I sat at the dining table on the 1st, scoffing the last of the numerous Christmas "treats" I thought to myself....I'm running a marathon this year. [/p][p]So the running has started. Just a few small ones to start with to get back into the swing of things before I start upping the distance over the next few weeks and months. This is in conjunction with both rugby training and a couple of ski trips thrown in! [/p][p]You can follow my progress in several ways. On here, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the running app I am using, Strava. [/p][p]Finally, please be generous and donate. Whilst I joke about the pain etc that I will be suffering from doing a bit of running, it is nothing in comparison to the pain that new parents have to endure when their child is born with heart defects. This is where the amazing ECHO team needs your kindness and funding so that they can continue to deliver the first class care and support they provide. [/p][p]Ben [/p][p]X[/p][p][br][/p]
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Supporters


Apr 26, 2020

Andina and Tom

Happy non-marathon day!!! Can’t wait to see you smash it, we’ll try to come along and cheer you on it we’re about and allowed!!

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Apr 26, 2020

Daniel Rumsey

Run Well Fridge, great Charity.

£20.00

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Mar 13, 2020

Catty

£20.00

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Mar 10, 2020

Jessica

Go Ben! See you at the finish :-)

£15.00

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Mar 9, 2020

Anonymous

Go, Ben! Xx

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Mar 9, 2020

Rachael

Good luck!

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Mar 3, 2020

Chantal

Good effort Ben and great cause :)

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Feb 28, 2020

Anonymous

C’mon Bob!! Zas and Vic

£30.00

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Feb 28, 2020

Rory

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Feb 28, 2020

Ian lee

Good luck mate

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