London Marathon 2021

On Sunday 3rd October, after training for 2 years, 80,000 runners took to the streets of London to run the London Marathon. Among them were those running in support of SAUK and SCF.

Anton Perkins

After nearly 2 years of very early rises and lots of aches and pains I’m pleased to say that I ran the iconic London Marathon on the 3rd October 2021. Through all the ups and downs of the training it really doesn’t prepare you on how emotional it is on the day. This year was different because people just wanted to get back out there after COVID and everyone wanted to be part of something special again. The atmosphere is hard to describe , from listening the the bands on route to the cheers from the crowds encouraging you on.

On the last few miles you really have to dig deep and the spectators really do help bring out the last bit of energy to get you over the finish line. I really believe it does help you be mentally stronger, focusing on your goals and achievements. It is such a satisfying experience that I would recommend to anyone thinking about taking on a marathon. I know the training can be tough but the rewards can really be beneficial mentally.

The most important part that helped push me on was to raise money for Scoliosis Campaign Fund and as I have a 47 degree curve it really was emotional to raise funds for a charity so close to my heart. I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has sponsored me with their messages of support (You know who you are!!!) , I couldn’t have done it without you and certainly got me over the finish line.

 

Rod and Kellie

Rod and I had a fantastic day, we loved every minute (even the painful ones)! The support from the crowds was amazing and carried us through the later miles. It made it extra special that our family (including eldest daughter with scoliosis) were there to encourage us and see us finish what has been a long two years of training and fundraising. We were delighted to exceed not only our original target of £2k but our reset goal of £3k too. We wore our bright orange vests with pride (the best charity vests by far in our unbiased opinion!) which spurred us on to achieve our target finishing times (4 hours for Rod and 3hrs 54 for me). Sadly we weren’t allowed to run together as I qualified under the good for age scheme but we still made the best of the whole experience.

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