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Will Coetzer

My Sub-3hr London Marathon - Autism Awareness

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][b]FOLLOW MY TRAINING PROGRESS - Instagram - @willjc11. Strava - Will Coetzer[/b][/p][p]I have never run a full marathon. I never thought I'd run one, but then I also never thought I'd have a son on the autistic spectrum. Over the last few years, I've been trying to learn parenting in a different way. I've learned about myself, my strengths, my glaring weaknesses, and also about how little most of us know about autism, despite it affecting an estimated 1/59 people. [/p][p]Seeing my son grow up (turning 5 in March), and the challenges he faces on a daily basis, I also marvel at his potential and resilience (from our "neurotypical" perspective). I do wonder though, how people less fortunate than us deal with autism - those that can not afford any speech or occupational therapy, specialised schooling, general support structures, etc. - the foundational tools that, when applied as early as possible, contribute exponentially to helping many people on the autism spectrum develop into independent adults.[/p][p]My goal is to help raise autism awareness, with the vision to help move society to full inclusion of autistic people, and people of all disability really. Awareness is the first step towards change.[/p][p][b]Be part of an incredible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity:[/b] It's the 40th London Marathon, I'm turning 40, raising £40,000, so it seems only logical to also revise my running target from 4.15/km (breaking 3 hours) to 4.0 per km (2.48). I'm gunning to be the Nr 1 fundraiser for London Marathon 2020 (45k people!) - I'm already in the top 10, including teams!! See real-time link here: [/p][p][url=https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/fundraising/marathon-leaderboard]https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/fundraising/marathon-leaderboard[/url][/p][p]Broadly, this entails:[/p][p]Ridiculously early mornings and late evenings![/p][p]Building up weekly running distances towards 100km+ per week.[/p][p]LOTS of sore muscles, chafing and blisters... [/p][p]Healthy eating, more sleeping and less (no) drinking!...harder than it sounds.[/p][p]Please donate generously to this cause. Thank you.[/p]
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Jun 4, 2020

Alex Tsukernik


May 18, 2020

Ali Fitzgerald

Good luck for October & best of luck raising funds for such an excellent cause!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2020



Mar 30, 2020

Danny Keating

Will, hopefully you get a chance to run the distance at some stage.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Mar 16, 2020

Niklas Frank

Thanks for raising our awareness Will!


Mar 12, 2020


Go on Willie!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Mar 9, 2020


£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Mar 9, 2020

Kathi Dilworth


Mar 9, 2020



Mar 8, 2020


Will, great cause. Have a fun run.