The London Marathon is one of the event highlights of the year and this time our very own
restaurant manager, Martin Hillary, was flying the flag for Lane End! He took part in the 26.2mile route in aid of a fantastic charity, Child Bereavement UK. Here he gives us an insight into the day.
I really enjoy running and aim to get out at least three times a week, I’m not a member of a club but take part in the Parkrun on Wycombe Rye on a Saturday morning. After turning 40 last year, I decided it was time to stop talking about all the things I really wanted to do and start making them happen, and running the London Marathon was on top of the list. I was delighted when I got accepted to take part.
Up until February training was going well and then I started to get a lot of injuries as I increased my training miles. In the end I only ran six times between the beginning of February to the race day. It was so bad I considered not competing and only made the call one week before that I would do it. It was quite nerve-wracking but I managed to complete the marathon in 3 hours 44 minutes, so I was very pleased.
I decided to run in aid of Child Bereavement UK, which is a charity based near to High Wycombe. Whist I have never needed to use the services of this wonderful charity, I have family who have. After visiting the charity and speaking with those involved I just knew that, as well as raising much needed funds, I also wanted to raise awareness that this charity existed for anyone who may need their services. So far I have raised £675 but am still accepting donations: CLICK HERE
Looking back, it was such as unbelievable and surreal experience, even after I crossed the finish line it still took a while to realise what I had achieved. The most challenging bit was trying to run again after a loo break at 24 miles, those last 2.2 miles were a killer. But the best bit was most definitely the crowd. They were amazing, especially around Cutty Shark, Tower Bridge and along the river to the Mall. I’ve already applied for 2020 and, hopefully, I will get in again. Regardless I do plan to do more endurance tests in the future.
I would like to say a massive thank you to my wife Lisa, who always believed I could do it despite all of my injuries and convinced me the week before not to drop out and at least give it a try. For her support over the whole process and help to recover after, she deserves a medal herself!
My message to others is if you are inspired like I was by watching the thousands compete on the TV year after year, then make next year your year and I promise you won’t regret it. Yes, it hurts and takes over your life for six months, but when you have completed a marathon no one can take that away from you. Oh, and make sure you use a good training plan!