Glenn's London Marathon page
Event: Virgin London Marathon 2012 on 22/04/2012
£1,704.94 raised of £1,500.00 target
£1,704.94 raised so far
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Sunday 29th April
Today I ran the first Milton Keynes marathon which started and finished at stadiummk. The weather was absolutely abysmal and several bits of the course were flooded. Again, I ran the whole way, this time in 4:16:42. So I made it round in about 10 minutes less than last week.
The unseasonal cold, wind and rain made life very difficult for the 3,000 or so runners who started. But it must have been just as miserable for Debbie and all of the other marshalls who helped to guide us round the route and all the supporters who tracked their friends and loved ones around the course. I'd like to send a great big 'Thank you' to all of them for giving their time so selflessly.
Having now run my first two marathons in the space of only eight days(!) I'm going to leave my running shoes in the garage for a while!
I'd like to dedicate today's run to two very special ladies who have lost their lives since I started the London Marathon last Sunday. To Claire Squires who collapsed and died running up Birdcage Walk and to Eileen Baldwin who passed away this morning at Willen Hospice. Both were much-loved and will be sadly missed.
Monday 23rd April
Well, I've done it! What a great day! The crowds, the atmosphere, the entertainment and the venue were all brilliant! I completed the race in 4:25:30 and take great pride in running it all from start to finish.
The only black spot of the day was the sad death of fellow Samaritans runner Claire Squires. If only I'd been five minutes or so earlier at Greenwich, I'd probably have met her at the Samaritans team photo.
I'd like to thank everyone for their support. If you're ever offered the chance top take part, do it! It's hard going but such an experience!
After all those years of watching others do it on TV, I'm going to be running (and perhaps walking or staggering a bit!) the London Marathon - scaree! For years I've watched others and thought "I should really have a go at that". So when the notice appeared at work in January asking if anyone wanted to run, I decided I had to either put up or shut up! This is Olympic year and chances to take part in this event are so rare - I just had to go for it. So, here I am in training! On the way, I ran in the freezing cold of the Milton Keynes Half Marathon on Sunday 4th March (1hr 52min). I also ran in the Oakley 20-mile race on Sunday 1st April in a time of 3hr 4min which I was quite happy with - I haven't run that far before!
Word of this training seems to have got out. See this for more info: http://www.marathonnewstv.com/?f=Glenn&l=Dickinson&ch=Oxford%20Samaritans&n=1
I'm running on behalf of The Samaritans. As a bonus for everyone who makes a donation, I'm giving access to a book that I've put together specially. This is a compilation of quizzes and puzzles that I've created over the years and is just a way of giving something back in return for your hard-earned cash. You might have seen one or two of them before, but there are also a lot of new ones for you to try. I hope you enjoy at least some of them. Details of how to access the book will be in the acknowledgement message when your donation is logged - so don't lose it!
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Well done Glenn! - Very impressive
Donation by Gill Kenyon on 01/05/12
Donation by Mae Howarth on 30/04/12
Very well done Glenn! Two marathons in a week - not many can claim that.
Donation by Jenny Bull on 30/04/12
Donation by Janine Saxton on 23/04/12
Guess you are already near the start line ... Hope it goes well!
Donation by Fran Smith on 22/04/12
Donation by Liz McCarthy Williams on 20/04/12
Hope all your training pays off & you enjoy running the marathon Sunday. If yr time is good I will increase my donation!
Donation by Janine Saxton on 20/04/12
Hope you have a brilliant run.
Donation by Jo Armes on 20/04/12
Good luck Glenn, I'm sure you'll do it! It'll be a fantastic achievement!
Donation by Chris McLaughlin on 20/04/12
Good luck Glenn I clearly need to get off my backside and do something worthwhile like this
Donation by Andrew Amos on 19/04/12
Best of luck - I'll be looking out for you!
Donation by June Barrow-Green on 19/04/12
Good Luck Glenn!
Donation by Nikki Taylor on 19/04/12
A very worthy cause, Glenn. I wish you a fair wind on the day and a safe and successful run. Well done for making such a huge and noble effort!
Donation by Hilary Canneaux on 18/04/12
Good luck with the fundraising and the marathon.
Donation by Linda and Fran CP on 15/04/12
Good luck. Rather you than me.
Donation by Richard Lake on 13/04/12
Good Luck - enjoy the experience. Sharon
Donation by Sharon Forder on 13/04/12
Good luck Glenn. Hope the weather is kind to you. Pam
Donation by Pam Brightman on 12/04/12
Good luck Glenn.
Donation by Steven Barnes on 07/04/12
Don't confuse yourself like you confuse batsmen, keep the back of your leggies separate from the back of your hand during the long, long run-up.
Donation by Stephen Yeo on 07/04/12
I'm sure you will do it with a few wiggles and staggers but "good on ya"
Donation by jeff Whittaker on 06/04/12
Good Luck from Niki and I. We'll look out for you on the telly so make sure you wear a distinctive costume.
Donation by Steve & Niki Waldock on 05/04/12
Good luck Glenn. Hope you don't hit the wall and find congenial people to run with!
Donation by Julia Prosser on 05/04/12
Good luck Glenn - a very deserving cause!
Donation by Pauline and Mike Dawson on 04/04/12
Hope it goes well Glenn, I'll be thinking of you!!
Donation by Celia Wallker on 04/04/12
Good luck Glenn, Have a great day. Popsy and Tony
Donation by Anonymous on 30/03/12
- * Online donations£1,304.94
- Offline donations£400.00
- Text donations£0.00
- Total raised£1,704.94
- Gift Aid£282.93
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