Tim Murray

Tim Murray

2021 London Marathon

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My story

[p][b][u]***2021 update***[/u][/b][/p][p]I'm updating this for 2021, because a lot has happened since I set up this fundraising page! [/p][p]Most of the things I've written below about why I'm doing the marathon still stand. Some of the dates and times have changed, but the main thing that's different is that I've done the marathon already. Not the proper race of course, but I did the virtual marathon last October, which helped me to exceed my fundraising target. [/p][p]Now I'm making a final fundraising push, because Ability Bow is still a great cause, and they need this money more than ever. They've had a difficult 18 months, but have amazingly managed to keep going. They have been doing online sessions through the lockdowns and are now beginning to get back to normal one-to-one sessions in the gym now. [/p][p]So keep donating, your money is going to a good place! And now I'm running the actual real-life marathon race, which is way more exciting than my solo trudge in the rain round London last year.[/p][p][br][/p][p][b][u][img][/img]Why I’m running the London Marathon[/u][/b][/p][p]I’m incredibly excited to be running the London Marathon in 2020. There are 3 main reasons I’m doing it.[/p][p][b]1.The challenge[/b][/p][p]It’s my first marathon and it feels like a big challenge. But I’m at the stage in my running journey (more below) where I feel like I’m ready for it. Not literally ready – there’s a whole training plan for that – but it feels like the right time to be doing this and getting to the next level.[/p][p][b]2.To raise money for a great cause[/b][/p][p]I’m doing it because I’ve got a place to run for Ability Bow, a fantastic local charity which I’ll tell you more about below. I’m keen to make a big deal about my first marathon, and part of that is using it as an opportunity to raise some money for an excellent cause.[/p][p][b]3.Because it’s the London Marathon![/b][/p][p]There’s no better marathon to make your 26.2 mile debut than London. The biggest and best in the world, it’s my home city and a lot of the course is within a short training run’s distance of my house. So hopefully that means better opportunities for support![/p][p][b][u]Who I’m running for and why[/u][/b][/p][p]I’m running for [url=https://www.abilitybow.org/]Ability Bow[/url], a charity that runs a gym where people with disabilities and long-term conditions can come and exercise. They do one-to-one exercise sessions and help people set personal, realistic and measurable goals.[/p][p]I’m running for them for 3 reasons:[/p][p][b]1.They’re a local charity[/b][/p][p]They’re based a mere 5 minutes brisk walk from my house, just off the Roman Road. They support East Londoners and take referrals from GPs and other health professionals in Tower Hamlets and Hackney. And they make a wonderfully positive contribution to the area where I live.[/p][p][b]2.They’re a small charity[/b][/p][p]Because Ability Bow is a small charity, the money raised by people running the London Marathon makes a big difference. They don’t have the huge fundraising operations that the big charities do, so it feels important to help them raise some much-needed funds.[/p][p][b]3.The personal connection[/b][/p][p]Ability Bow is not just located near me, it’s actually inside my church! When [url=https://stpauloldford.com/]St Paul Old Ford[/url] was renovated in 2004, a big ‘ark’ [url=https://matthewlloyd.co.uk/projects/st-pauls-old-ford/]was built inside the nave[/url], which provides home to community organisations, including Ability Bow. I’ve been a part of the church for the past 4 years and in that time I’ve seen how the charity’s work is a vital part of what the church offers to the local community. [/p][p][b][u]My running journey[/u][/b][/p][p]I started running 4 years ago, mainly because I wanted to get fitter and it was a cheap and easy way to do that. No expensive gym membership to feel guilty about not using. Just pull on your trainers and get out in the fresh air. That was the idea.[/p][p]I started with [url=https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/get-running-with-couch-to-5k/]Couch to 5K[/url], like many others and I can’t recommend it highly enough to anybody who’s thinking about exercise. I set myself the goal of doing my [url=https://www.parkrun.org.uk/mileend/]first parkrun[/url] after finishing C25k and it didn’t take me long to discover what a wonderful, inclusive thing parkrun is. And that you don’t need to complete any courses or even be able to jog a non-stop 5k to be a part of it. Parkrun has been an important part of my running journey, a vibrant community of people who encourage others, no matter their ability.[/p][p]In early 2017, a friend encouraged me to run the Hackney Half for [url=https://www.hwns.org.uk/]Hackney Winter Night Shelter[/url]. At that stage I had only a couple of parkruns under my belt and a half marathon felt really daunting. But it was a proper challenge, and as a former volunteer (waay back) for the charity, I felt like making a big deal about my first 13.1 mile race and using it to raise money for them.[/p][p]It’s now approaching three years since that first half and I’m in a different place. I’ve done 6 more half marathons, a bunch of 10ks and other races and I’ve even joined a running club. But running a marathon still feels like a massive challenge, and definitely worth making a song and dance again.[/p][p]I feel like I’m entering unknown territory. A lot of my running has been about me trying to get faster. But running a marathon is going to make me slow the pace but run further than I’ve ever run before. Twice as far! It’s quite daunting but I’m looking forward to it![/p][p] [/p][p][br][/p]
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Oct 10, 2021

Dad and Mum

Well done Timothy

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Oct 6, 2021

April Keech

Tim is our local marathon hero.

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Oct 6, 2021

Paul

Well done Tim!

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Oct 5, 2021

Simon at OHID

Well done Tim!


Oct 5, 2021

Alex M

We did it Tim! Congratulations to you and all your fundraising :)

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Oct 4, 2021

Andrew Coker

Well done Tim

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Oct 4, 2021

Fizz

Well done Tim

£5.00

plus £1.25 Gift Aid


Oct 4, 2021

Russell Toone

Good job Tim.

£26.20

plus £6.55 Gift Aid


Oct 4, 2021

Zoe Clarke

Well done Tim!!

£10.00


Oct 3, 2021

Becca Johnson-Scott

£10.00

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