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Andre Masters

THE LONDON MARATHON 2018 - Andre Masters

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My story

[p]Hello, thank you for visiting my sponsorship page.[/p][p]My name is André Masters, I'm a 45-year-old artist living and working in Maidstone, Kent and this year, I decided to apply for 'The 2018 London Marathon' on behalf of 'The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association'.[/p][p]Now, to be clear . . . I'm not a runner, I don't belong to a club and jogging to the shops might be all I have been capable of in the past, so why run the Marathon?[/p][p]2018 will mark a very special 20 year Anniversary. Since 1998 I have been working on my own project called 'The Endangered Species Collection' where I began making learning aid tools for visually impaired people, working in conjunction with Chessington World of Adventures, Woburn Safari Park, the WWF and recently, Maidstone Museum. My aim is to raise awareness (and sponsorship money) for the Guide Dogs and the essential work they provide for everyone with sight loss.[/p][p]More information regarding the animal casts I have made into casts for learning tools, education centres and museum collections can be viewed here in my online portfolio: http://andremasters.co.uk/page19.htm OR https://www.rockabelly.co.uk/animal-casting-gallery[/p][p]I have pledged to raise £2,000.00 as a minimum requirement, however, I will do everything I can to raise as much as I can by promoting the 'Guide Dogs' and (fingers crossed) raise much more than that initial figure. We all love dogs (who doesn't right!?) plus it's an amazing opportunity to help the blind community AND I'll need to train all throughout the cold winter months before I 'run Forrest RUN' the Marathon so, you know . . . I'm gonna need all the help I can get! :)[/p][p]Every donation counts . . . thank you. X[/p][p][br][/p][p]QUICK UPDATE: On Sunday 25th February, as part of my training I ran my first 'official' HALF MARATHON in Malta! I was invited to run with 'The Portsmouth Jogger's Club' and it was an amazing experience. The weather was roughly 12 degrees hotter than I'm used to running in but I managed to set new PB's for 10K, 15K, 10 miles, 20K and the 13.1 miles half marathon distance in a time of 2:08:07 (official chip time) and 2:07:24 on my watch/fitness tracker.[/p][p]On Sunday 11th March, with SIX weeks to go I ran my furthest distance of 38K or 23.6 miles in a time of 4:31:16 which is roughly my long distance pace of 11 minutes per mile.[/p][p]Now, with less than FIVE weeks to go . . . it's getting VERY exciting! HUGE thank you to everyone who has made a donation so far and PLEASE share this page with your friends and help raise much needed funds for such an AMAZING charity, thank you. X[/p][p][br][/p][p]LAST UPDATE: LONDON MARATHON[/p][p]Last year (October) I applied to run for charity (having never 'run' before) in any fitness capacity and thought (like many do) that it would be 'a great experience' etc AND I was fast approaching my 45th Birthday and clearly having some form of 'exercise absent' midlife crisis! I started training on Sunday 22nd October, 6 months or 26 weeks to the day, before the marathon. [/p][p]In the months building up to the marathon I did go and run a half marathon in Malta (which was amazing) but generally, the weather during training never really rose above 5 degrees.[/p][p]Sunday 22nd April at 10:00am I lined up in my best running knickers, blister prevention patches covering my entire body in preparation for 'The (record-breaking 24.1 degree) Scorcher Torture' with dozens of equally hot and sweaty bodies all within inches of each other as we waited in unshaded, direct blazing sunshine for 42 minutes and 53 seconds (delayed start). I had a plan to run 11min/miles and finish around 4:40/4:50 (I'm not fast) but the idea was to beat 5hrs, I was in group 7 at the RED start, number 40185.[/p][p]The first half (2:28:26) was tough going as I tried to remain faithful to 'the plan' without going crazy in my first marathon. After mile 14, I stopped running and walked for about 10 minutes, I literally felt completely hollowed out as the tarmac furnace cooked me from the soles of my feet to the top of my head in the hottest part of the midday sun. After realising that my 5hr finish was like sand between my open fingers I pulled up my big boy pants and dug deep to keep on running 5k, walk for 2 minutes, repeat - repeat until the 20th-mile marker. My 'pace' between miles 14 and 20 was 'sketchy' at best. Then I finished all of my baby food (I can't 'do' energy gels) and ran the last 6.2 miles for the finish line giving it everything I had in the last 200 yards. The final 'official' chip time was 5:13:38 with an overall distance of 43.19K (nearly 1K further than the official 42.2K distance) and I'm thrilled to bits with that. :)[/p][p]Thank you to everyone who supported and sponsored me, we raised a MASSIVE £2,145.00 online so far with more to come and the money donation pots haven't been collected yet. X[/p][p]The final message to everyone who ran that marathon and other races on Sunday, I salute YOU ALL, it was brutal, unforgiving torture . . . where do I sign up for the next one? :)[/p]
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May 21, 2018

Andy Gent

Well done Andre pleased to see our marathon times are similar too )

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

May 6, 2018


Well done Andre Proud of you From Mo and Maidstone Dental


Apr 23, 2018

Claire Rae

Well done Andre for completing the 2018 London Marathon!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 22, 2018


A true inspiration - Go Andre Go!!!!!! Love your old neighbours Malc, Chan, Kiona. Kodi xxxx

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 21, 2018

Lillah Mulvany

Have a great run! Goid luck, go see Dee at the end for a massage Debsx


Apr 21, 2018

Beth Bateson

Good Luck Andre. Love Beth and Amber xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 20, 2018


Good luck Andre

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 20, 2018

Katy Sullivan

Good Luck!!! Wear Sunscreen


Apr 19, 2018

Mandy K

Boom! Couldn't resist! Good luck Andre!

£34.50 plus £8.63 Gift Aid

Apr 19, 2018