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Duncan Finch

Running the London Marathon

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Target £0.00

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My story

[p]Thanks to both the initial encouragement and subsequent little nudges from Sue B I will be able to realise one of my life's ambitions and run the London Marathon in April. I will run this for the St Michael's Fellowship which works with disadvantaged families in London and the south east to improve their lives and futures and to secure the best possible future for their children. [/p][p]I have never run a marathon before and at present anticipate that I will never run one again - training so far tells me that it feels like an activity for younger knees than mine. So this is probably my one chance, I will give this my very best shot and am perhaps naively ambitious in aiming for a sub-4 hour time. [/p][p]I hope to raise at least £1500 for St Michael's Fellowship to help them continue their great work. I appreciate any contribution you can make towards this target, indeed it would be fantastic to go way beyond it. [/p][p]Training thus far has been pretty limited and I am trying to find a routine that simply doesn't hurt too much. I completed my longest ever run at 11 miles a couple of weeks ago, but know that from here on in I need to get up towards 20 mile mark so that on the big day I can get round in a reasonable state. Blind optimism, which has largely been the bedrock of my training strategy so far, is probably not enough. To keep me off the roads of West Sussex (which are not that safe for runners) I am resorting to trail running on the South Downs. This has the advantage of being slightly softer underfoot and I am hoping a little hillier than the 26 miles round London's streets meaning on the day I can hopefully race round! [/p]

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good luck!



Paul T

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Antony Clinch

I hope the training gets less painful (not long to go now) and all goes well on the day.

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Gary Rourke

Good luck - I’m sure you will smash it as always.




Foolish man

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Rather you than me! In riding gear? 😀

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Team C

those legs of yours were made for running!

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It's easier on two wheels!!

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Good luck Duncan :)

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