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Gower Tan

Gower Tan's London Marathon "Shoe Challenge"

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My story

[p][span=color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px;]Update Mon 27th April, 2015:[/span][/p][div=color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px;][lt]div[gt]For those who had not heard (I did make it onto the UK ITV news on Sun 26th - though not looking my best 5 minutes after finishing a 26 mile race) ... I completed my fifth London Marathon yesterday in support of Cancer Research UK and my second attempting a Guinness World Record wearing the Cancer Research UK giant shoe mascot, #ShoeBarker. [span=font-size: 12.8000001907349px;]Last year I missed the record by 10 minutes and 7 seconds. This year I finished in 4hrs:34mins:18sec, missing it again - this time by just 4 minutes and 18 seconds. A small margin, but getting better![/span][/div] [lt]div[gt][lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt]The margins for surviving cancer are getting better each year too, and helping to improve these margins is why run for Cancer Research UK.[lt]/div[gt] [lt]div[gt]I did break another record though. With your amazing support, I have smashed my personal fundraising record, raising almost £6,000 for the life-saving work that Cancer Research UK fund. Thank you ALL from the bottom of my heart. I am genuinely overwhelmed and truly grateful.[lt]/div[gt] [lt]div[gt]I also wanted to let everyone know where the money is going this year and the summary below talks about a ground-breaking project that it will help fund.[lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt][lt]/div[gt] [lt]div[gt]62 years ago, a discovery was published which would change the world of science forever. Francis Crick and James Watson found the basis of all living structures - the double helix structure of the DNA molecule. Today, their ideas and approach to research lives on, in the hope that modern day scientists will make more amazing discoveries. [lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt][lt]/div[gt] [lt]div[gt]The Francis Crick Institute in Kings Cross, London, is a world-leading centre of biomedical research and innovation that is due to open in 2016. It will house 1,200 leading scientists from a variety of disciplines all with the aim of tackling the major diseases we face, including cancer. Over 2,500 runners supporting Cancer Research UK took part in the London Marathon yesterday, and will have raised £2.5m, to help build the Francis Crick Institute. For more information, visit: [url=http://bit.ly/1HvTSFE]http://bit.ly/1HvTSFE[/url][lt]/div[gt] [lt]div[gt][lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt][b]Thank you all for helping bring forward the day we beat cancer.[/b][lt]/div[gt] [lt]div[gt][b][lt]br /[gt][/b][lt]/div[gt] [lt]/div[gt][p] [/p][hr/][p] [/p][lt]h3[gt][span=color: #0000ff;]I'm running my 5th London Marathon in support of [lt]span style="color: #ff00ff;"[gt]Cancer Research UK[/span], to bring forward the day we beat cancer.[lt]/span[gt][lt]/h3[gt][p][span=color: #0000ff;][lt]span style="font-weight: normal;"[gt]Many of you have been generous in supporting me over my previous endeavours, and I am truly grateful.  In the spirit of trying to go one step further, I will be again be running in the official [/span][b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Cancer Research UK[/span][/b] mascot '[b]Shoe Barker' [/b]- a giant trainer[span=font-weight: normal;].[/span][lt]/span[gt][/p][p][span=color: #0000ff;][lt]span style="font-weight: normal;"[gt]In 2014, I attempted to break the Guinness World Record for fastest marathon in a giant shoe (yes, there is a record for that). Alas I was a tantalising 10 minutes and 7 seconds outside the time.  So I am determined to go one step further (or rather faster) and set the [/span][b][span=font-weight: normal;]Guinness[/span][span=font-weight: normal;] [/span][/b][b]World Record [/b][span=font-weight: normal;]in 2015![/span][lt]/span[gt][/p][p][span=color: #0000ff;][lt]span style="font-weight: normal;"[gt]Cancer survival rates in the UK have doubled in the last forty years and today, 2 in 4 people survive cancer.  [/span][b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Cancer Research UK’s[/span][/b][span=font-weight: normal;][b] [/b]ambition is to accelerate progress so that 3 in 4 people will survive cancer within the next 20 years.[/span][lt]/span[gt][/p][p][span=color: #0000ff;][lt]span style="font-weight: normal;"[gt]To date I have raised over £15,000 for [/span][b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Cancer Research UK[/span][/b][span=font-weight: normal;] supporting this lifesaving research.  Please support me to help [/span][span=font-weight: normal; font-size: 1.17em;][b]bring forward the day we beat cancer[/b][/span][span=font-weight: normal; font-size: 1.17em;].[/span] [lt]/span[gt][/p][hr/][p]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p]

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May 11, 2015


Well done

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Apr 29, 2015

Jennifer Basannavar

Well done, Gower. You are fantastic! Jennifer

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Apr 29, 2015

Sam x

Well Done Gower


Apr 26, 2015


Hope today went well for you. Best wishes Elaine

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Apr 26, 2015

Emer Leonard

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Apr 26, 2015


Hope you did well, didn't see you on the telly, well done for tasking part.

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Apr 26, 2015

Jacqueline moyse

Hope all went well Gower. Been thinking of you today.

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Apr 26, 2015


Well done Uncle Gower on completing ANOTHER marathon inside a giant shoe - you are a real inspiration. Barking mad, but an inspiration nonetheless.

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Apr 26, 2015

Kay Sawyer

Go Gower Go and Good Luck with the record we are cheering you on and feeling so proud. The Sawyer Family xxxx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 26, 2015

Tom, Becca & Orla xx

Good luck Gower!

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