Jim Main

Jim Main

2019 Virgin Money London Marathon


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Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]UPDATE!! At the bottom of the page.[/p][p]Ah, the dreaded ‘My Story’ page, what to write?! I’ve done a few of these now and it is never easy but I do know one thing, it has to come from the heart.[/p][p]Like a lot of folks in their mid 40’s you reach a point where you say to yourself, “use it or lose it”. So for the past 10 years my main “use it” activity has been cycling, one of the dreaded ‘MAMILS’ (Middle Aged Man In Lycra in case you didn’t know). Obviously the ability to get a level of fitness and keeping the weight down are two of the attractions, but for me, the added attraction has been to use the cycling to get into events that allow me to try and help others through fund-raising.[/p][p]To date this has had me involved in a number of very different causes and individually I've managed to raise over £12K and last year I was very proud to be part of a fantastic team event which raised over £45K! Doing this has taught me two things.[/p][p]Firstly, it’s not easy. Everyone is saturated these days with requests to dip their hands into their pockets for one charity or another so it takes patience, tact and imagination to inspire people to do that for you.[/p][p]Secondly, it’s important to pick the right Charity. For me this has usually meant a Charity that chooses to work a bit more behind the scenes helping people with the support side of things rather than being directly involved with research. I know the research is vital but I think that any money I can raise goes further when it’s applied to support individuals or families who find themselves caught up in tragic circumstances.[/p][p]Before I get back onto my chosen Charities I know, if you’ve read this far, you’re thinking “if he’s so into cycling why the London Marathon?”. Well there’s a simple reason, why not? [/p][p]When the Marathon takes place I’ll be just past my 55th Birthday and that seems like a nice round number to attempt my first ever Marathon and, if you’re going to try one Marathon, then surely the London one has to be at or near the top of that list![/p][p]I'll leave the heroics of a fast time to those with much younger legs, my 13 year old son can leave me in the dust in a sprint but I’m pretty sure that endurance and stamina get better with age, so I’m going to see if these knees, legs and feet are up to the challenge of running the required 26.2 miles.[/p][p]So (finally) back to the real purpose of this page, my charities.[/p][p]My first charity is the UK branch of the [b]Make-A-Wish Foundation[/b]. These are the guys who got me the place in this incredibly sought after event but, and it’s a big but, that’s far from the only reason. In the past 3 years I have seen first-hand the incredible good that they do by bringing truly magical moments to young lives and the memories it makes for them and their families. Turning the seemingly impossible into possible and then reality, moments that money on its own simply can’t buy. In many cases it’s not about spending a lot of money to buy something or someone’s time, it’s about using the gravitas of the charity’s reputation to open doors, get contacts, plant ideas and make things happen, truly magical. The thought that money I raise could help to make even one of these moments happen is my inspiration to go and put in those miles.[/p][p]My second charity is closer to my home and it’s the volunteer run [b]Dumfries & Galloway Blood Bikes[/b]. These folks are our region’s unsung heroes who go out on their own motorbikes, in all weathers, at any time of day or night, with the simple purpose of providing life-saving blood supplies wherever they are needed. Over the past 18 months or so I know how they have played a massive (but largely invisible) part in the lives of two close friends suffering from Leukaemia, one of whom is thankfully recovered and here to tell the tale and sadly one who is not. It will be a privilege to be able to hand over funds to these guys and you will be safe in the knowledge that every £ will be put to good use.[/p][p]So there you have it folks, I hope I haven’t bored you to bits and I urge you to look at the respective websites of my charities for further information. I also thank you for taking the time to read this and hopefully you think I, and my charities, are worthy of some of your hard-earned cash, we will all be very grateful if you do.[/p][p]I have various fund-raising events happening between now and Marathon day so I will be trying to keep you up to date.[/p][p]If there's anyone in a position to make a business/corporate donation then please contact me directly as I have various options in mind for ensuring publicity of such donations.[/p][p]Right, where's my trainers, I've sat around too long![/p][p]UPDATE:[/p][p]Gutted but Doctor's orders have stopped me doing any running after a MRI showed a bruised Femur caused by vertical impact from running, which could take 6-18 months to heal :([/p][p]However I'm not giving up and with the agreement of MAW I have changed my plans from running to cycling and plan to cover the 404 miles from my house to the London ExCel Centre over 4 days from Wed 24th to Sat 28th April and I'll then cheer the other runners on from the MAW course cheering points. The map of my route is below.[/p]
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May 21, 2019

Jim on Jans behalf

Thanks Jan :)


May 21, 2019

Jim on HRS behalf

Thanks to Harper Robertson & Shannon for this one.


May 16, 2019

magnie at agmatek

sorry for the late donation Jim.......i read your e-mail and put it in the "I'll do that later pile" better late than never tho :)


May 16, 2019


All the best Jim

May 16, 2019

Ian Hannah


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 15, 2019


Many thanks Helen & Dave Lynch


May 14, 2019


Well done ya aul Loony!


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 7, 2019


Well Done!


May 5, 2019

Simon Allen

Well done Jim. Never in doubt!


plus £25.00 Gift Aid

May 2, 2019


Cheers Ryan, Vikki & Thomas!


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