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Mark Thompson


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Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Thank you all for such fantastic support - nearly £3500 with gift aid; you are all amazing. Boy was it hot - the water from the showers stung like acid as it hit my skin. I ran the Chester Half marathon the next Sunday - perfect cool weather, same heart rate; still smiling - my time 1hr 52 which is 16 minutes faster than I could run the first half of the London in that heat.[/p][p]What a day - I smiled 98% of the way round. The birthday hat was greeted and aplauded - a trumpet played happy birthday; 'I like your birthday cake' and so many good wishes. I completed the first half in 2 hours 8 minutes and the excitment of running over the towering Tower Bridge in blazing sunlight will stay with me for ever ; My heart rate would not drop below 160, so I fast walked a number of 10 minutes. I finally completed in 5 hours 5 minutes - so much for a sub-4 hours. However, I was not injured, I completed the course and I overtook nearly all the Rhinos! I later realised I had beaten Chris Evans' time. Goals 1 & 2 nailed. I have acheived my 3rd goal, thank you all - you have so exceeded my expectations - we are now at 139% of target (including gift aid over £3000, and sponsorship is still coming in - again I am just overwhelmed and thank you all.[/p][p]I look forward to Chester Half in cooler weather this Sunday![/p][p]1 day to go ...I am buzzing- smile firmly in place and candles on hat firmly wired in place - I have grown a goatee; my hospice top has ‘MARK’ front and back in letters big enough to see from space. I am TV ready.[/p][p]I am blown away by everyone’s generosity Thank you thank you thank you[/p][p]Just 4 days to go - I love the tapering down - limbs feel great and raring to go; after 17 weeks of snow, ice and rain training we are heading for the hottest marathon on record ... so much for a fast time, I might have to stop for a spot of sunbathing! Inspirational quote - 'marathon - the triumph of will over reason' Inspitational donations - thank you all, we have smashed the £2000 target; I cannot thank you enough, you are all amazing.[/p][p]This is the final week - just an ‘8 mile easy’ run today. I have reached 90% of target - thank you to everyone who has and who is still to get round to donating. Next challenge to get this page linked to facebook ... where are the kids when you need them![/p][p]Under 2 weeks to go - I am tapering down and wondering if my candle hat will hold together; I have reached 75% of target - thanks to everyone who has supported me.[/p][p]Week 14 - the runs stopped my 22 mile run; I can still walk a Km in 9 minutes so will finish; my next run was my fastest ever 10k at 53 minutes.[/p][p]Week 13 completed with a 20 mile run along the Canal Du Midi - I am still smiling. A huge thank you to everyone who has sponsored me; your words of encouragement and incredulity are inspirational.[/p][p]Week 12 completed; after last Sunday’s Wrexham half in under 2 hours this Sunday I completed 20 miles in snow and wind ... my target for the marathon under 4 1/2 hours - 5 weeks to go thank you to everyone who has sponsored me so far - do remind your friends[/p][p]Week 10 and an 18 mile run completed - Wrexham Half Marathon on Sunday - my fittbit is running out of acolades ...[/p][p]Week 8 of training 8 to go; ran 16 miles - furthest ever - I’m feeding and training my muscles and so far so good.[/p][p]Hi, thanks for visiting my page. I was a spectator when my daughter and son-in-law ran the London Marathon in 2013. The experience was so awesome as a spectator that I decided I had to take part as a competitor. Last year an 80 year old knocked 40 minutes off the world marathon record - if an 80 year old can compete a marathon why not me. [/p][p]I love the great work done by the local Hospice at Backford, so running for them was an obvious choice for me.[/p][p]Just 2 problems - how to train without injury and how to raise £2000.00[/p][p]The training plan started on Christmas Day! - my profile picture is at the Boxing Day Chester Round the Walls race. [/p][p]After 7 weeks training and completing the 4 Villages half marathon in wind and snow my body is holding together. [/p][p]Please do sponser me - and to add a touch of interest there is a sweepstake for my official finish time - one guess for every £5 donated. Expected time 4 - 4 hrs 40 minutes. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p]
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Jun 6, 2018

Martin and Rosie Booth

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 30, 2018


Incredible performance,welldone Mark Thompson. We are all proud of you.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 29, 2018

Mr and Mrs Bond

well done


May 24, 2018


Jim Slimbridge Deva and Phyllis ad Arthur Wright

£18.00 plus £4.50 Gift Aid

May 23, 2018


Well Done Dr T

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

May 18, 2018

Mrs Harris


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May 10, 2018

Peter Chan

well done