I'm running the London Marathon 2018. There, I've said it. Yes. Me. Running.
OK, this is a big deal - to me anyway - and something I've wanted to tell people for a while but I've had a knee injury for the past 6 months (Patellar Maltracking if anyone really wants to know!). Basically my kneecap had rotated and needed putting back. In fact, despite knowing I had a place in October I've told so few people about this that none of my family even knew until Christmas such was my determination to be injury-free before I commit. However thanks to Jess at SV Sports Therapy I am on the road to recovery and very much into my training schedule.
I am funding this entirely 100% and not doing one of the charity places who pay for your entry fee on the condition of raising a few grand - I am not taking a penny at all to fund anything. So I thought because I am doing this once in lifetime phenomenon (trust me, I won't ever do this again!) I'd like to reach out to my kind and generous friends (that's you lot!) to see if they might sponsor me for this ludicrously insane decision and raise some much-needed funds for a charity close to me.
I am running for Rhythms of Life http://www.rhythmsoflife.org.uk/ , a London charity who I have helped with over the years cooking for the homeless. It's been one of the most meaningful and rewarding things I've ever done and made a very good friend in the founder, Andrew Faris. Faris founded the charity 10 years ago and never taken a single salary, nor taken a day off, and still is technically homeless himself right now - yet his priority is keeping the many people he feeds alive - which he quite literally does every single day. Words cannot express the admiration and tremendous respect I have for him. I was very proud to introduce Faris to my father last year when he was down. I've always wanted to do something to help out his charity and now hope I have the perfect opportunity. I've set myself a target of £2000 which is probably highly ambitious considering I don't work in an office - still, I'm giving it my best shot. If I'm totally honest to myself, I rarely, if ever, ask anything from anybody - certainly money - so this ask is a real one-off from me.
This completely bonkers decision is entirely the fault of 3 people - Pete Poulton, Charlie Webster, and Gavin Hodgson. You three misfits have somehow given me enough motivation and belief to do something which I would never ever believe of doing in a million years. Plus of course the iconic photograph of Conor Griffin finishing was a lasting image when I signed up last year for this. It's entirely your fault and I'm not backing out of this after doctors appointments, an MRI scan, many months of physiotherapy, and now rather a lot of money spent on sports therapy. I hope you know what you've got me into.
Once again, all your donations will go to the correct place and in no way to fund the marathon, my training, or indeed anything other than going to the charity directly.
I hope some of you will follow my progress over the coming months and, who knows, maybe even see you on the 22nd April!
PS Did I ever tell you I hate running?