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Andrew Smallwood

2019 Virgin Money London Marathon

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]As ever, I applied to run the London Marathon. I need to do it just once. I need the lump of metal that you get at the end of it just to say that I did it.[/p][p]It’s getting harder and harder to get in as more and more people apply. [url=https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/london-marathon-2019-recordbreaking-414000-people-enter-ballot-for-next-years-race-a3835416.html]A record 414,000 people applied to run in the 2019 London Marathon[/url].[/p][p]Just like many others, I got my rejection in early October.[/p][p]I was already due to run the [url=https://royalparkshalf.com/]Royal Parks Half Marathon[/url] in mid October so I thought I would make do with that. It’s a race, in London and it’s more feasible to run a half than a full marathon.[/p][p]But as I crossed the finish line in 1:31:20, a mere 80 seconds off of my target, it motivated me to look for other ways to do the London Marathon and strive to run London once more.[/p][p]I applied to the NSPCC for a charity spot. These spots are so sought after that I needed to pay £100 just to get into their ballot. But I’ve been donating to NSPCC every month since 2010 so I was confident that my good natured approach to this invaluable charity will result in a spot.[/p][p]So there I was, sitting at work when the email popped into my inbox, you have a place![/p][p]And now starts the months of training, dieting and fund raising in order to raise money for charity and reach the goal of the finish line.[/p][p]I’ll continue to blog about various facets of marathon training over the next five months and hope to cover:[/p][p]Fundraising efforts[/p][p]Equipment/preparation[/p][p]Dieting[/p][p]Training plan[/p][p]Mixed into this will definitely be some podcast recommendations too so I can stay sane whilst treading the streets of London.[/p][p]Follow my marathon blog here: https://ajsmallwood.com/category/marathon/[/p]
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May 14, 2019

sim arsenal

well done

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

May 1, 2019

Claire Wells

Congratulations Andi, great effort.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 1, 2019

Adam K

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 1, 2019


Well done fella. Almost as fast as Slinky. Sims

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 30, 2019

Amy OB

Better late than never! Well done for Sunday lovely x

Apr 28, 2019


£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

The Duncan’s at Tubeway Sales

Brilliant run, incredible time! Well done Andi.


Apr 28, 2019

Lou Baldwin

Best of luck Andi! X

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019


All the best for today bud! You will smash it!! James, Zoe, Oscar, William & Alexander! Xxxxx

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 26, 2019


£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid