We're supporting Dan Murphy and his charity fundraiser at the London marathon. Read his story as to why he is doing this below and be sure to make a donation. If you are going to London keep an eye our for a runner dressed head to toe in Rupert and Buckley attire, and make sure to say 'Hi!".
"On an unremarkable evening in December last year I made a decision that would not only make a massive change to myself, but also raise funds and awareness for a very worthy cause. While online an advert popped up to run in this years London Marathon to raise money for Terrence Higgins Trust. Having worked in the NHS, this was a charity and cause that was near to my heart. In that moment I decided to apply, thinking there wasn't a chance in hell that I would be chosen... Fast forward a week later and I receive the call, I am running the London Marathon... In three months.
Now would probably be a good time to mention that at this point I am not a runner. I keep fit in the gym and swim as often as possible, but running has never been exercise of choice. So as you can probably imagine, the prospect of running 26.5 miles was somewhat daunting. I'm not going to lie, but those first few runs on cold January mornings were not fun, they were blooming awful. I instantly regretted signing up for the marathon and couldn't imagine running five miles let alone 26.5. But with dedication and reminding myself who I was running for I stuck at it. And as the runs stacked up my fitness, confidence and believe it or not, enjoyment of it all grew. I couldn't quite believe how quickly I was progressing with two 5 mile runs a week and a long run each weekend I went from 10 miles, to 13, to 16 to... My knee giving way during an 18 mile run. This was my low point, I couldn't believe that after all the training, specific dieting and small fortune spent on running gear, it was my knee that would hold me back. But with a week or so's rest, I got back out there and managed to hit the 18 mile mark, once you hit 18 miles you're marathon ready apparently.
Now I with less than two weeks to go I am tapering down, sticking to a couple of short runs a week and working on my core in the gym. I can't believe how far I've come, and how near the big day finally is. I am a mixture of excited and terrified and still can't believe that I am going to be running the biggest and best marathon in the world on the 26th April.
I will also be sporting my finest Rupert and Buckley clothes, so you will be easily able to spot me! So if you're down in London on day, keep an eye out for me and be sure to tweetpic me for free pair of socks! I will be sure to tweet some before and after pictures!
To help me reach my donation amount please click on this link: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=DanMurphy1