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Duncan Finch

Running the London Marathon

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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][p]Ready for the big day, if you want to follow me then 41416 is my number. You can download the VM London marathon app. [/p][p]Job done! 3.58.14 which was very pleasing but the last 3 miles pretty difficult. Never again!! Thanks everyone for your support for me and St Michael's Fellowship. [/p][p][br][/p]

Share Duncan's story


Apr 27, 2019

Sarah Emma and John

Enjoy the experience and let's see if Mo can keep up with you ! Thank you for all your support with John's charity cycle. Good Luck.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2019

Martyn and heidi kay

Wish we could be there to cheer you on! Good luck, martyn and heidi xxx

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Apr 25, 2019

Adrian Brown

Good luck. Enjoy it (if you can !)

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Apr 25, 2019


Good luck


Apr 19, 2019

Margaret Dobson

Apr 19, 2019

Mum and Dad

Enjoy your run, take care and good luck.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Apr 17, 2019


Have a great day, and the pain will be worth it to say you have done a marathon and raised money for such a good cause. Good luck from John, Gillian, Robbie & Elliex

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Apr 12, 2019


£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 2, 2019

Tim Madigan

Best of luck Duncan. A great cause.

Apr 1, 2019

M Owens

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid