It’s not every evening that I am still awake at 11.15pm, let alone decide at that time to run a Marathon!
As some people will know I have been running now for a few years, which I started when my twin boys (who are now 7) started nursery, aged 3. Over the years I have run a few half marathons, never very fast or easily, but slowly, slowly I make my way round. My favourite of the 6 I have run have been the ones that I have done from home, no big race, no build up and often no medal. Just me, my head phones and a plan to run 13.1 miles.
So when looking at my phone a couple of weeks ago, and I saw that the Virgin Money London Marathon had become a virtual marathon for its 40th year, I knew this was my time to sign up!
Of course I had overlooked a few things! Over the summer the furthest I had run was 7 miles, my life is super busy and I have no time to put the training in, and it’s on Sunday 4th October. And most importantly, I have never made it to the end of a half marathon and thought “that was fun, let me carry on and do the same again!”
So why do it to myself? Well, the answer of course is to raise money for the Museum. I live in Lewisham which just happens to be a half marathon away from the Museum, so my plan is to run/walk/crawl to the Museum and back, raising much needed funds as I go, as well as sharing the profile of the Museum along the way.
I will have support at every stage, my fellow slow runners will start me off, members of the staff team will meet in along the route, and keep the social media messages going during the day. The trustees will be there when I arrive at the Museum, with others walking sections of the route with me, and, my children will be there for the last mile.
And although the Museum has done well with its fundraising since COVID, more is needed. As we reopen we know we will earn less than normal, and the cost of running the Museum has risen. And this is all at a time when what we give to the world is more needed than ever, you only have to look at how well received the summer outdoor opening has been to see that.
So, please donate if you can, every pound will go toward keeping our wonderful museum open, and send me luck for 4th October!