A friend of mine completed the London Marathon last week in what was the hottest ever temperature. He was very chuffed to have completed it though he nearly gave up when he was passed by someone wearing a Rhino outfit!
The sad story was the death of Matt Campbell though the tragedy of his death is mitigated a little by the now 1000’s of people committing to run the 3.7 miles he still had to go, raising well over £100,000 and creating a sense of legacy for his life which is inspiring, despite the painful circumstances from which it comes
The whole idea of running 26 plus miles fills me with horror – I think I would struggle to walk the distance rather than run it! Yet it inspires thousands to pit themselves against their bodies in the name of charity, often like those running for Matt in the name of a loved one who is struggling or a cause which has moved them in their lives. Its iconic status as a personal achievement means it motivates people in a very powerful way and many charities benefit.
Its still a long way though, which is why I believe it was a wise move for Cyrenians to offer folk the chance to run the Edinburgh Marathon in relays. Amazingly and wonderfully There will now be 4 Cyrenians teams running the Edinburgh Marathon, with 4 runners each sharing the 26 miles distance. I am guessing very few of the 16 would have done the whole thing. I am really grateful to them all for their commitment – they are still running further than I could have achieved!
To make life easier for them and you, we’re running a single donations page, which you can access here. Please support these 16 wonderful people who are doing their bit so we can journey with more people excluded from family, home, work or community. For that, in the end, is why they are putting themselves through this challenge, for which we are very grateful.
27th April 2018