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Donald Wilson

Virgin Money London Marathon

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]This all began in the early summer of 2014 when I was Lord Provost and agreed to participate in the Wester Hailes Fun Run (see photo) and a few weeks later the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 5K for the STV child poverty appeal. I was very unfit at the time and not only did no running but took no exercise of any kind. Andy McNaughton who runs the Waverley Court gym offered his services to get me round the course. I found the training really, really hard but managed it without major embarrassment. I was bragging about my achievements at the opening of the Virgin Money Lounge in St Andrews Square and I think their exact words were ‘If we thought you would do it we would put you in the London Marathon’. I instantly replied that if they put me in I would certainly do it. First of all I had no idea how far 26.3 miles really was and secondly as a charity runner I thought I would walk large parts of it. As the training became ever more arduous however I began to entertain the notion that I might just be able to do it properly (ie run all the way). At the start, and for a long time, I lost almost no weight, my internal organs felt permanently bruised and my legs felt as if they had turned to stone! As the Marathon drew close fear turned to terror but I was now averaging 75K a week and could now run without stopping. A variety of ailments had sprung up like shin splints and knee pains but I was still going. I had started a Virgin Money Giving page for the One City Trust and the Jamie Skinner Foundation and this was going well but I could not dispel the fear that I might end up giving all the money back as I hadn’t made it. The day came and we were all literally sick with nerves. The organisers had put the VIPs in with the elite athletes which seemed strange. We didn’t see much of them after the start! I started badly with a pain in my leg and three characters from Toy Story running past me, in a canoe! I soldiered on and to cut a long story short I managed it. The Toy Story people passed me in total three times but I surprised myself with a sprint finish and prevented a fourth overtaking. I did it in 5 hours and 3 mins. And I never stopped running so I was over the moon. Just past the finish line was like something out of Michael Jackson’s Thriller with people unable to walk but the sense of achievement will stay with me for ever. After the Marathon the running bug has stuck fast. three and a half years on I have lost well over four stone. I can run more or less indefinitely. I do 25K twice a week and Virgin have put me in for the Marathon again this year. Four Marathons later (three London and one Edinburgh) Virgin Money and Andy McNaughton have transformed my life and also the lives of many others, the people my journey has inspired to get fitter and the people who have benefited from the money raised for the One City Trust, the Jamie Skinner Foundation and St john and the City. I cannot thank Andy and Virgin Money enough.[/p][p]This year I am once more running the London Marathon for the [url=http://www.onecity.org.uk/][b]One City Trust[/b][/url][b] [/b] which fights against inequality and exclusion in Edinburgh. I am passionate about the need for all the citizens of this great and affluent City to be included in its success and opportunities.[/p][p]The One City Trust was established in 2003 and arose out of the Lord Provost Commission on Social Exclusion. It funds projects in many areas including inequalities, poverty, education and social welfare. It is solely an Edinburgh charity, dealing with the particular needs of this city whether it be homelessness, care for the elderly or youth work. Click on the link to find out more. [/p][p][url=http://www.stjohnandthecity.org.uk/]St John and the City[/url] provide defibrillators and training across Edinburgh. I have supported this project from the start and donated one defibrillator out of the money from last years Marathons (see photo) . I hope to do the same again this year.[/p][p]If you can please sponsor me for 2018 I would greatly appreciate it. [/p][p]Donald Wilson[/p]
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2018 Virgin Money London Marathon

2018 Virgin Money London Marathon

22 Apr 2018


OneCity Trust

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Go for it! (Again)

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Go for it Donald !!!

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Claire Bry

Good Luck Papa!! Love from Harvey and Danny xxx

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Ewan and Gillian

All the best on the day, well done!

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Have a great run, for a great cause.

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Keep on running............... xx

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