Richard Wheatley

Richard Wheatley

The London Marathon

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My story

[p]At 10:01 on the 3rd of October 2018 I got a message from an old school friend asking if I wanted to run the London Marathon for the charity Look… At 9:30 on the 3rd of October 2021 I will finally run this dam marathon if it kills me![/p][p]My story starts as I’m walking into the gym on an autumn Wednesday morning in 2018, I was 23, still feeling high after my first run on the Edinburgh fringe that summer. The advantage of using VoiceOver is that on a quiet path I can read my text messages whilst still using my residual vision to watch where I’m going, so I didn’t stop us I read the Facebook p.m. from a friend I hadn’t spoken to in several years, asking out of the blue if I wanted to run the marathon. My thought process went something like this:[/p][p]There is no way I’m in a good enough shape to run the marathon.[/p][p]But it is quite an exciting opportunity.[/p][p]I’m going to the gym multiple times a week to try and get fit, why not add a target for motivation?[/p][p]I’ve got six months to get into shape, how hard can it be?[/p][p]… You would’ve thought I’d watched enough films and read enough books by now to know better than to pose questions like that. Five weeks before marathon day in 2019 a torn calf muscle left me limping and forced me to postpone. Six weeks before marathon day 2020 the collapse of society as we know it left me weightlifting with loo rolls and jogging in the cemetery, so forced to postpone again. At this point I began a sweepstake for what would stop me running the marathon in 2021, leaving contenders were Donald Trump, the Russians and alien invasion. In fact, this years complication actually happened nine months before marathon day leaving my guide runner as a father and forcing him to pull out of the race in order to be there on the unfortunately timed due date. This was undoubtedly wonderful news, a significant improvement on The sweepstake favourite of tiny presidential fingers on giant red buttons, but it has left me with an increasingly desperate search for a guide runner over the last couple of months. But with five weeks to go I am delighted to say I have my new guide runner, the hero who has agreed to step in to help a blind person they have never met to run 26 miles, thank you Valerie Haynes! Without you this would not have been possible.[/p][p]So now I just have to train for the London Marathon in five weeks, booking physio appointments for every twinge to make sure I don’t get another strain, and nervously watching the skies for the Martian landing vessels.[/p][p]So after two years and eleven months of on and off training, injury, catastrophe and joy for a friend, i’d like to answer the question I foolishly posed when I was first asked to do this: “how hard could it be?”, bloody hard obviously. But now I’m asking myself a new question, “was it worth it?”, and honestly, that sort of depends on you, because I’m not running for myself, I’m running for a charity. If you read my story and decide that I’ve earned your support, if you are finding out about the charity Look and all the amazing work they do for young blind people, if you donate to my cause and/or if you stand by the road on the 3rd of October and cheer my name as I run past then hell yes it will be worth it![/p][p]Thank you for reading this, and please donate. [/p][p]Yours faithfully[/p][p]Richard[/p][p]PS[/p][p]I’m not actually too concerned about the possibility of an alien invasion stopping the marathon, if I’ve learnt anything from war of the worlds it’s that the Martians don’t do vaccines.[/p][p]PPS[/p][p][br][/p][p]https://www.look-uk.org/[/p]

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Oct 12, 2021

The Hancock family

Wow, Richard! What an INCREDIBLE achievement! We are in total awe and amazement. Many, many congratulations. The Hancock family Xxx

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Oct 10, 2021

Matthew Clark

You've put up with so many more ups and downs on your marathon journey than I had to on mine. So, so, so much respect, Richard. Bravo on a great first marathon! Bravo for keeping Elin in her job and LOOK doing absolutely amazing stuff.

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Oct 9, 2021

Anonymous

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Oct 4, 2021

Jonathan and Caroline Lloyd

A truly amazing achievement Richard. Well done and I look forward to seeing you next month at the family gathering.

£100.00

plus £25.00 Gift Aid


Oct 4, 2021

Mummy AKA Victoria

I still can’t find the words to say how proud I am of you. I am speechless with admiration at your tenacity, persistence and endurance. Many many congratulations Richard. LYLM. Xxx

£126.00

plus £31.50 Gift Aid


Oct 3, 2021

Tina

Proud of you Richard Wish it were more but am skint!

£15.00


Oct 3, 2021

Jess and Rara

Go Richard!!!

£50.00


Oct 3, 2021

David Ottolangui

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Oct 2, 2021

Ulrika

You can do this 💪🏻 best of luck xx

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Oct 2, 2021

Joseph R

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid

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