Posted: 28/10/2008 at 11:07
Steve Robinson (aged 37)
It's a very short history. I applied for the 2009 London Marathon as the starting gun went off for the 2008 one - it was quite simply a spur of the moment decision. I was watching the race on TV with my 3 sons (9, 7 and 3yrs old) and I thought "I'm going to do it", so I applied. That very afternoon I went out for my first run, at 15.5stone I was overweight (BMI = Obese = scary!) it wasn't easy but I enjoyed it. I then decided to set some milestones, 1st the Windsor Half Marathon (completed in 2hr23), 2nd the GSR (completed in 1hr33), 3rd Reading Half and 4th London. I've lost 2stones in weight and I'm determined to do this! I was so happy to receive a ballot place, but then reality dawned on me... I'm actually going to have to do this!
I am an absolute beginner, I think I'm doing the right things but desparately need advice and guidance. I really want my son's to be proud of me and I equally want to raise money for charity. I've chosen to run for MacMillan as my family, my close friends and my work colleagues have all been directly effected by Cancer and quite frankly they need all the help they can get!
My intention is to complete the 26.2 miles of London in around 4 hours. To do this I know I need to improve somewhat, hence why this opportunity would be great for me.
Thanks for your time!