Ian Baldwin

Ian Baldwin

The virtual London Marathon, in Godalming.


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]What better way to celebrate a mid-life crisis than to perform a ridiculous act of denial? [/p][p]Let's be honest. I'm not a runner. I'm not a runner's shape. I'm more of a dart-player or fisherman. I'm not as fit or as light as I should be, and haven't been for a while. Well it's surely just a matter of a little light exercise to get back in the groove. How about this marathon thing that a lot of people do? I could see London's sights with a load of other keen runners, many in similar poor condition to myself. How hard can it be, I wonder? Well, as it turns out....[/p][p]Up until September 2019, the last time I ran any distance was a mere 3 decades previously, in a half marathon in Bristol. I was young, fit, naive, wore a brand new tee-shirt and finished with bleeding nipples.[/p][p]Now at the tender age of (never mind such details), it's time to man up and pound the virus-infested pavements of Godalming instead of London. After getting to the stage of 4 runs per week, I managed a half-marathon in Richmond Park in February, prior to that Corona genie being let out of the lager bottle (see what I did there?) But that's still only the halfway mark, and now training had to re-start in July to get me battle ready. If the 26 miles isn't daunting enough, then perhaps the 400 mile training programme should get me wondering if a re-count on the age thing isn't overdue.[/p][p]My chosen charity is Headway Surrey who do some rather marvellous rehabilitation work to help people affected by serious head injuries. They take people of all ages to need to re-learn tasks that their traumatised brains have forgotten. This might mean building new neural pathways to help people walk and talk again, and then to help them get back to a relatively normal working life in the community. Headway Surrey have an increasingly tough time raising funds in a grant-shrinking world, and I'm keen to raise more than a few pennies to help.[/p][p]Please donate if you can. It'll give me some extra incentive not just on the 4th October, but during the training in the dark cold rainy evenings of a beautiful English summer.[/p][p]Thanks for adding extra reason to my unreasonable demands on my groaning legs and feet. Now, where did I put those nipple plasters?[/p]
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Sep 24, 2021

Left hand man

Ian, enjoy the run. Mervyn’s left hand man.


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 22, 2021

Bisley Family

Good luck Ian! Hope the fencing work doesn't interfere with training too much. Best wishes The Bisley family


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jan 6, 2021

Nick Crisell


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Nov 29, 2020

Oliver Stone


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Nov 18, 2020


Well done


Nov 15, 2020

Mike Ashe

Good luck Ian! Mike, Lisa and Emily


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 29, 2020


Cos I just have to see the transformation from heffalump to gazelle...


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 24, 2020

Jane - 169


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 21, 2020

David Whalley


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 18, 2020


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