8 more sleeps!

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The lovely London Marathon page on Facebook today popped up to say there are 9 days to go!!!

The most fantastic way to start this update is to be able to say I have reached my Fundraising target and at the time of posting it stands at – £ 2127.65
I am truly humbled and blessed by the generosity that people have shown in supporting WaterAid in helping me reach this target.

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Counting down…as the miles go up!!

Having been a month since my last post, I figured it’s about time for a quick update.

I took part in the Cancer Research ‘Winter Run’ on the 31st January.  It’s a popular 10k race starting in Trafalgar Square, and finishing along Whitehall.
It was the first race of it’s size that I’ve taken part in, with around 15,000 people taking part.
I really enjoyed it, especially as I finished in 53:32 which is about 4 minutes off my previous 10k PB!

I’ve been thinking about how best to capture the marathon day experience and have wondered about wearing a GoPro-type camera to record the run as I go.  I was able to borrow a GoPro Hero from a friend to try out on the Winter Run.  Apart from lots of rain drops on the lens it was a great experiment and definitely something I will do for the Marathon.

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The training volume has ramped up a bit and now the runs are getting longer – last Sunday was 13.1miles which I managed in 2hr 08 which I’m really happy with.

Fundraising is also going well, and I want to take the opportunity to say a massive “Thank You” to all those who have donated already – it is so encouraging to receive such generous support.  At the last check the total was £ 453.20.

If you haven’t donated yet, please give as generously as you are able to WaterAid – every pound given is literally changing lives, and helping provide clean, safe water, and necessary sanitation to those who need it most.

Here is the link to my Virgin Money Giving page:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/anthonywarren1

11 weeks and counting to marathon day!

 

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100 Days to Go – And Counting!

Eek!! So it seems I’ve hit the big 100 day countdown, and now it’s time to get serious!100daystogo

I started my formal training plan at the beginning of the year, but now its crunch time! So far, it seems to be going really well – running 3 – 4 times a week, with a longer run most Sundays!

I’ve forcefully become acclimatised to arctic temperatures to run in – all included in the fun of being a crazy marathon runner!

As the day gets closer, the importance to reach my fundraising target is on my mind. It’s been great to receive such generous donations already, a big thank you to everyone who has donated so far! 🙂

However, there is still plenty of opportunity to do your bit and give what you are able to such an important charity, whilst helping me hit that big £2000 – and hopefully beyond!!

Here’s the link to my Virgin Money Giving page to donate: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/anthonywarren1

Off for another run now!!
Thank you for reading and supporting!!

 

 

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Running for WaterAid

I realised it would probably be helpful to share some of the background to why I am running the Marathon, who I will be running for and why.

Why am I doing this ?

I had the opportunity to go to Rwanda in 2005 and I have very clear memories from that trip of seeing people walking huge distances, carrying heavy water containers – on a daily basis.  Everyone appeared to have to go through this – from the youngest to the oldest.

The need is huge!

There are around 630 million people in the world who don’t have access to clean, safe water.  Around 2.3 billion people don’t have access to adequate, safe sanitation.  Around 315,000 children under-five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s 900 children per day

WaterAid is seeking to transform this situation and has goals of reaching everyone by 2030.

So please visit my Virgin Money Giving page and donate as much as you are able http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/anthonywarren1

In the words of a well-known supermarket chain – “Every little helps!”

Thank you.

Water

 

 

 

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Marathon Training plan choices?

26.2I know there is a long way to go before April, but I figured I would start looking at choices for Training plans….and I’m glad I looked now.

There are so many choices!  In fact, it’s quite bewildering how many variations there are.  Some focus on time-based runs, some on mileage, while others different again.

So far for other training , I have been using the plan feature of the Asics website and I quite like this as it syncs with my Google Calendars.

My other contenders at the moment are from The Running Bug, the official VLM plan, or maybe the plan contained within the book The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer”non-runners marathon trainer

So, if anyone has any tips, recommendations I would love to hear about them in the comments below.

http://therunningbug.co.uk/training-advice/running-training/plans/marathon-plans/b/weblog/archive/2011/01/17/intermediate-marathon-training-plan.aspx

 

https://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/trainingplans/intermediate-17-week-training-plan/

 

 

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Ballot results are in!

This week the ballot results for entry into the Virgin London Marathon 2016 are being sent out.

I have seen a lot of posts on Facebook from friends receiving the pack through the post, containing the magazine indicating whether the ballot entry was successful or not.

 

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Well, yesterday, Royal Mail visited my letterbox and popped my pack through.   It too was a Sorry! version of the magazine – no ballot result for me.

 

However, I’m not dissappointed…..because I have been offered, (and accepted!) a charity place to run for WaterAid. Wooohooo!!

WaterAid are striving to provide access to clean, safe water, and sanitation to the millions in the world who currently don’t have access to these utilities that so many of us take for granted.

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I will expand more on the work of WaterAid in future posts, as well as fundraising updates, and my training progress.

If you would like to join me on the journey, please subscribe on my home page and you will be notified of posts as they are published.

 

 

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