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Erica Pearce-Howard

Erica Pearce-Howard

London Marathon 2020 and 2022


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My story

[p][b]UPDATE No.3[/b][/p][p]So, we now know what is happening and it's all virtual. We get to run the London Marathon (not in London) anywhere we want to, in 24 hours on Sunday 4th October.[/p][p]I am going to take on 26.2 laps of the Tilgate Lake path in Crawley on the day. Hopefully friends will come along (socially distancing rules permitting) to support and ply me with water, percy pigs, jelly babies and flapjacks to keep be going. I will post about my journey here afterwards.[/p][p]The charity has also given me the opportunity to experience the "proper" event in April 2022 and this will give me time to step back, take everything in and then step-up to the training once more.[/p][p][b]UPDATE No. 2[/b][/p][p]During lockdown it has been hard to reset the running plan and to get out and keep myself on track. Not knowing whether the race will take place or not has been frustrating but probably more so for the organisers to sort out what to do for 45,000 runners.[/p][p]I have kept myself busy and active with lots of virtual races and challenges, such as running the length of Hadrian's Wall (90 miles), the Inca Trail (26 miles), taking part in running events which raised money for MIND and the NHS charities, as well as a VE day celebratory 7.5km run, and other races that I had signed up for earlier in the year went "virtual" so I just had to submit my times to get my bling.[/p][p]They then announced that the 2020 London Marathon would now be done as a virtual race for the non-elite racers. See update no. 3 above![/p][p][b]UPDATE No. 1[/b][/p][p]Well, I did the Goodwood 10k - lots of circuits round the track in bracing winds, but I did it.[/p][p]Then I suffered a calf injury which meant I had to take it easy for a month which was really frustrating given that I was about to embark on my main training plan....still...it was better to take it easy and be well prepared than push through the pain and make things worse. I want to get to the start line and finish line![/p][p]I then took on the Brighton Half Marathon. It was hard work, in storm force winds and difficult conditions, but I managed it - took me a bit longer than I had hoped but the main point was to complete the race, get my 30th Anniversary bling, and not suffer any injury - tick tick tick! Picture below.[/p][p]Unfortunately I was then taken ill, in hospital for a few days and told to take it easy - this is not what I wanted with only about 6 weeks to go but again, health comes first so I am "jeffing" at the moment to build up my strength and stamina again. Long runs are now around the 15 mile mark and hope to get my longest run in by the end of March/early April.[/p][p]Naturally, we are all concerned about the Coronavirus and what impact that will have on the race day itself. It is very hard to keep the motivation going when there is such a risk of VLM being cancelled or postponed but again, health is the number one priority and we all must stay safe, but until we are told officially, I will still be out training and getting the miles under my feet to get there for 26th April (fingers crossed).[/p][p][b]General bits about me and the charity[/b][/p][p]I am the last person who you would imagine to run a marathon or even want to run a marathon, but every now and then I find a desire to set myself a challenge that is "out there" and something that I could never have thought I could achieve.[/p][p]Being a plus size runner I have had to put up with a lot of comments over the years as to why I am running, why I feel that I can even turn up at the same event as someone who is perceived to be an ideal size for a runner and why do I even bother?[/p][p]Well, I can and I will. I am determined to show, with support from a fabulous ladies only group called "Too Fat to Run?" that running is for anyone, no matter their size, shape, experience or background, and in turn, I hope to raise money for a brilliant charity that supports young athletes in reaching their potential and dreams. [/p][p]I also want to do it to prove to myself that if I put my mind to something, and train effectively, I can accomplish whatever I set out to achieve and raise money whilst doing it![/p][p]I will also be taking part in a couple of 10K races (Worthing and Goodwood) to get me "warmed up" and a couple of Half Marathons (Surrey and Brighton) to get used to race day and recovery!! That's all before the "BIG DAY" . I will post updates and pre-race photos (the post race ones probably won't be pretty!).[/p][p]So - [b]my chosen charity[/b] - I have been lucky enough to be offered a charity place in the Virgin London Marathon 2020 with The Ron Pickering Memorial Fund.[/p][p]Ron Pickering OBE was one of British sport’s great visionaries. He was a former Physical Education teacher and national athletics coach, training Lynn Davies to Tokyo Olympic gold. Ron is best remembered as the voice of athletics on BBC commentaries and iconic programmes such as Superstars. He was awarded the OBE by the Queen in 1986 for services to sport.[/p][p]When he died unexpectedly in 1991, his family set up the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund to help young British athletes fulfil their potential.[/p][p]Since then the fund has raised and awarded over £2 million in grants to several thousand talented young British athletes.[/p][p]The majority of the British Athletics Olympic teams in 2008, 2012 and 2016 had at some stage of their careers received support from the RPMF including ALL of the London 2012 and 2016 individual Olympic athletics medalists.[/p][p]Each grant is designed to make a difference, helping the recipients make the difficult transition from junior to senior level through support for equipment, specialist coaching or travel and importantly help build the athletes’ confidence and self esteem through recognition.[/p][p]I would love you to support me in achieving my dream in reaching the finish line of the VLM 2020 and in doing so, I can show everyone that us fat girls CAN RUN and raise some much needed funds for the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund to support the athletes of the next generation in achieving their dreams as well - no matter how small - every little bit counts.[/p][p]Thanks, Erica x[/p]
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Nov 6, 2020

Tim and Lizzie

Well done Erica. Immense achievement! Tim


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 22, 2020

Gavin Pickering

Really good effort Erica!


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 20, 2020

karen rose

Read your blog so funny. You sure you are 5' 4"??? - thought you were same height as me or have you added another couple of inches on as you are walking tall to celebrate your amazing achievement - well done you Karen xx


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 5, 2020

Minesh Patel

Well done Erica, what an achievement, congratulations!! Minesh Shreena and family


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 4, 2020

Flossie Yvonne and Yvonne

Well done Erica, we are so proud of you. Take it easy and spoil yourself now, you truly deserve it. With love xx


plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Oct 4, 2020

Paul Brice

Well done Erica!


plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 4, 2020


You did it! xx


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 4, 2020

Joanna T-M

WOW amazing Erica in such awful conditions. Well done Jo Andy Reece Jamie xxx


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Oct 4, 2020


GO GO GO Erica best of luck.. in the rain (makes it more exciting !!) John, Raymond, Rosemary and Sarah


plus £37.50 Gift Aid

Oct 4, 2020

Theresa and Graham

As an excuse to eat more chocolate and pancakes it's a tad extreme but very, very proud of you! XX

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