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Richard Knott

Richard Knott - AFASIC in 1981 and 2020

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[p]Latest: Virtual London Marathon completed round Canford Park. The official App gave me a time of 3.53.20 so mission accomplished![/p][p]These photos are from 1981 when I ran in the first London marathon for AFASIC (the beard came off for our wedding a few months later!). AFASIC was the charity adopted by the Royal Academy of Music where I was studying and, as the President of the Students' Union the previous year, I had attended AFASIC events, so it was the obvious charity to support when running the marathon. The photos were taken by Lawrence Wallington and Kevin Hughes/John, two friends from the RAM who waited for me to run past for rather longer than planned.[/p][p]I was also one of Chris Brasher's 'guinea pigs'. He and John Disley, the other founder of the London marathon, disagreed about the way to train for a marathon, so each chose half a dozen runners to test their method and published everyone's training diaries every week in the Observer newspaper. My aim was to finish in three hours, but an injury meant that I took four.[/p][p]Since 1981 I have run only one other marathon (Melbourne 1989 - wind and rain off the bay meant another slow time - my running partner dropped out to have a coffee as we ran past a friend's house) so this will be my first marathon for over thirty years. I aim to run it in under four hours, so beating my 1981 London time. 3.55 would be a PB.[/p][p]AFASIC (Association For All Speech Impaired Children) is a small charity with low overheads, so the money raised in the London marathon forms a significant part of their total income.[/p]
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Oct 15, 2020


Spectacular. Makes one feel quite decrepit. Look after those knees.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 7, 2020

Harriet Vessey

Well done from us all.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 7, 2020

Mark Rathbone

Well done, Richard (no beard jokes from me...)

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 7, 2020

Sam Crouch

Well done Richard! I’m hugely impressed by your efforts (although not by the beard!)

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 6, 2020

Theresa Cooper

Well done Richard!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 6, 2020


Well done

Oct 6, 2020

David and Flick

Amazing performance. How many operatic arias did you get through in those 26.2 miles?

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 5, 2020

Elizabeth Shore

Oct 5, 2020


Fantastic. Next year Tokyo? I hope you can walk on Monday.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 5, 2020

Kris Knudsen

Well done Richard, great respect for your incredible effort.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid