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Donald Wilson

Virgin Money London Marathon

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My story

[p]Latest - Not in London this year. Mixed feelings of disappointment and relief. Aiming for next . Training going well and I will seek out a 'meantime' challenge to keep me going. It's a big birthday next year (hmmm) so it's a good time to do a last one (who am I kidding I'll never stop now). [/p][p][br][/p][p]Done it ! Hottest on record but Cammy and I made it! My hardest yet but interestingly not my slowest time. [/p][p]A big think you to all of you who have helped. [/p][p]With less than two weeks to go to the Marathon my mind turns inevitably to why I am once again putting myself through this. There are no two ways about it 26.3 miles is hard. The last few are just a battle against pain. So why am I doing it? There are many reasons, health, fitness, etc., but you could get that without going to this extreme. It is over twenty years ago since my father died. We were very close and that is on top of us being a very close family. Cut a long story short he died of a heart attack in the butchers shop in Selkirk. If a defibrillator had need to hand it may have made a difference. When the first St John and the City defibs went into Waverley Station they were used four times in the first year twice they were needed and twice they were not (they asses the patient and only deliver the shock if it is needed). That means it saved two lives. Access to a defibrillator increases someone’s chances of survival by 80%. They are so simple to use now they even talk you through it. St John and the Scottish Ambulance Service arrange to come and train everyone up when a defib goes in. The project has now installed over a hundred defibs across Edinburgh (including one on every tram - see photo of the one I raised the money for last year going in) but there are places still waiting to get them. This is about actually saving lives and that is why I am running. If you can, please help. It takes under £1000 to provide a defibrillator and I am tantalizingly close. Even a few pounds would help. [/p][p]Donald [/p][p]See the full story below[/p][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 [url=http://www.stjohnandthecity.org.uk/]St John and the City[/url] and the [url=http://www.onecity.org.uk/][b]One City Trust[/b][/url][b] . [/b][/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]The [url=http://www.onecity.org.uk/][b]One City Trust[/b][/url][b] [/b]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]If you can please sponsor me for 2018 I would greatly appreciate it. [/p][p]Donald Wilson[/p]
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May 30, 2018

Keith Miller

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May 8, 2018


Well done Donald - a feat in the heat

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Apr 22, 2018


Well done Donald, running and supporting a very good cause. Hope you are having a good day, best wishes, Sue and John

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Apr 22, 2018


All the best for today. Such good causes.

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Apr 21, 2018


Good Luck Donald. Keep on running. You Can do it! Tom and Alex.


Apr 21, 2018

Andrea Miller

Go for it Donald! Stay hydrated!

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Apr 20, 2018


Donald, good luck and I hope it is not too hot. Harry


Apr 19, 2018


Good luck Donald!

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Apr 19, 2018


Such a big effort for a very worthy cause! All the best on your run!

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Apr 19, 2018


Good luck and very best wishes from C and J

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