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Mark Cann

London Marathon

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]The Aftermath!:[/p][p]I plunged!![/p][p]Dear all, [/p][p]All I can say is I did it! Thank you so very much for your very kind donations, it means a lot.[/p][p]I am not far short of the target which I will meet as I am yet to blackmail and bully my friends the other side of the Atlantic. They will be looking to offset tax for when Biden gets elected anyway![/p][p]After such a year of just great weather in which my gentle jogs around the villages of Wiltshire (11 KM max) made me think this method of fitness was not so bad after all, it seemed quite unfair that army training days aside (and I have no idea how far we went in those pre GPS/Fitbit days) that the day I choose to break my record by a mere 19 miles should be so brutal with high winds and driving rain for the entire 5 and a bit hours. I had to change my route twice as the roads were flooded![/p][p]I was once ordered by the Ambassador to Mozambique to run the Maputo half marathon in 1994 and in protest got obviously drunk at his party the night before and then pledged to walk it with a Life Guard officer. ( I might add that this attitude was much encouraged by his wife! – that’s another story). The Life Guard in a moment of unusually quick thinking, broke our pledge and managed to sprint for a bus which took him round most of the route. I was not so quick and was left to nurse my hangover in the searing heat for the next 10 miles alone. I don’t think that counts.[/p][p]Your donations, a good bottle of red (warming by the fire) and the Arsenal kick off at 2pm are all that spurred me on. I managed to run for 20 miles but then thought I would walk for a bit. I was unable to get out of walk gear thereafter as I got colder and stiffer!![/p][p]Thanks so much for being a good friend and sponsoring me, I will buy you a beer/martini when we next meet.[/p][p][i]Mark[/i][/p][p]Taking the plunge! Anyone who knows me will know I will happily chase a ball like a spaniel for days but the thing I hate most is running.[/p][p]I am running the Marathon purely out of misfortune! These are tough times for everyone and I wanted to lead from the front (back to be precise) as we have some wonderful people who run the London Marathon for The British Forces Foundation and I wanted to show solidarity. The is the official line. the truth is we had a spare place at the last minute and everyone in the office kept staring at me......[/p][p]My Covid Lockdown resolution was to run 7KM every other day! Amazingly I have kept this up but 26 miles is going to be a step up![/p][p]So many people were unbelievably generous many years ago when I did the Ride 100 and helped me raise £24k. I have a far more modest target this time despite this being considerably harder than the 100. I aim to do the marathon in the same time however... under 5 hours.[/p][p]Please only donate in multiples of 26 in deference to the distance. £2.60 is more than generous, £26 kindness indeed, £260 only because you feel guilty, owe me a massive favour or want to prevent me from releasing the Baden Baden pictures![/p][p]Hugs to all.[/p]
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Oct 5, 2020

Steve Norris

Well done mate

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Oct 5, 2020


Great work Mark!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 4, 2020

Alasdair Murdoch

Mark, how impressive!!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 4, 2020

Caroline Dunn

Well done Mark, great effort in such rubbish weather!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 4, 2020


Well done son!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 3, 2020


Keep at it!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Sep 30, 2020

Roger Perowne

Good luck Mark - great cause!

£26.00 plus £6.50 Gift Aid

Sep 29, 2020


Best of luck Mark! Rather you than me!!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Sep 29, 2020

George Robertson

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Sep 28, 2020


Good luck Mark!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid