Bob Deacon

Bob Deacon

London Marathon 2020


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]What the hell was I thinking???[/p][p]39 years ago I entered the London Marathon for the first time and approached Mencap to ask if they would like me to raise money for them by way of sponsorship, which they did, so early in 2019 I contacted them and asked if they would be interested in this Old Git coming back and repeating the performance in 2020. They readily agreed once again. Little did we know what turmoil lay ahead. Fortunately the organisers came up with the inspired idea of running the 2020 event as a Virtual Marathon but who was to know they had picked the wettest weekend of the year. And so it was that I ran 19 laps of Furneux Pelham in my very minimal 'fig leaf' outfit, soaked through and so very cold that I never even felt the serious chafing I was suffering. I finished the whole distance of course, never failed one yet! So a very large Thank You goes out to everyone who sponsored me, for which all at Mencap are eternally grateful. But my official entry to run in London is still live and carries forward to October 3rd 2021 (which will hopefully be dry and a little warmer) and so my fundraising continues. Mencap, as all the charities, are seriously starved of funds with such a lack of events over the past year so my fundraising page remains open, and as I pound the roads in training so hopefully my total will pile on the pounds and continue to grow. At 72 it's not getting any easier and I doubt I will be breaking records or troubling Mo Farrah but I aim to be there at the finish line on the Mall, preferably still upright and breathing. Should I don the fig leaves again or is it time to stop shocking the public and cover this ageing body a little more decently?[/p][p]All contributions will be most graciously accepted, everything raised for Mencap this year is going directly to a fantastic project Mencap are rolling out which brings children with mental disabilities and learning difficulties together with able children in a sporting environment, all designed to produce a much greater understanding within this next generation, pilot schemes have thus far brought amazing results and they are aiming to roll the project out across the country.[/p][p]If Civid restrictions allow I plan to organise some (fun and) fundraising events to add to everything else I can raise but for obvious reasons this may not be possible, time will tell. Come October I think we will all be ready for some entertainment so why not pop down to London and watch the marathon live, it makes for an entertaining day out.[/p][p]Meantime, if you see me out training then please:-[/p][p]a) Don't run me down as you drive past[/p][p]b) Don't throw coins by way of charitable donations[/p][p]c) Notes I can cope with[/p][p]d) Don't run me down on your way back either![/p][p]Wave as you drive by.[/p][p]Bob[/p][p][br][/p]
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Feb 18, 2021

Andy G

Better than calories Bob?


plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Oct 14, 2020

The Murrays

Congratulation on your achievement under difficult conditions.


plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Oct 9, 2020

Andy n Ellie Gravestock

Well done Bob! Never on doubt.


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 8, 2020


Well done Bob. You are an inspiration. Love Jo, Jason, Charlie and George. X


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 6, 2020

Emma Longman

A huge well done to you Bob! 🏃🏃🏃


Oct 6, 2020

Somers family

Well done Bob!


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 5, 2020

Paula Hinde

Well done Bob! From the Hinde family x


Oct 5, 2020

David Beer

Well done Bob darling!


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 5, 2020

Louise seddon

Oct 5, 2020



plus £37.50 Gift Aid

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