My London Marathon challenge to support Leonard Cheshire
A little over a year ago Sarah Grout asked me if I’d help support Leonard Cheshire by running the virtual London Marathon. Having never run further than 13.1 miles and with an operation to repair a deviated septum just a couple of weeks before the big day the obvious answer was to say no but how can anyone say no to Grouty?
Fast forward to 2021 and there was another tap on my shoulder, “You did so well at the Virtual London Marathon, how about doing the real thing?”. As I’d sworn that I didn’t want to run a marathon ever again after finishing the last one, it was again obvious what my answer was going to be, so here I am 1 week to the day from crossing that start line, (in fact 1 week and 10 minutes as I write this)!
Last time I had a serious operation to content with and this time I have had a serious knee injury that means I have missed the most crucial month of training and I have only just been signed off as fit to run. Running a marathon is hard enough but running it without completing the training schedule and carrying an underlying injury is even harder. But do you know what is even harder than that? Living with a permanent disability in a world that is not designed for you. For more than 70 years, Leonard Cheshire has been supporting disabled people in the UK and around the world. They work with partners to open doors to opportunity and work hard to break down barriers that deny disabled people their basic rights.
I am running this London Marathon to help support the work that Leonard Cheshire does. Please help me to help them and sponsor as much, or as little, as you can afford, every penny goes direct to help support disabled people to live, learn and work as independently as they choose – whatever their ability.
Leonard Cheshire is the official charity partner of Sterling Networks and most of you know the amazing Sarah Grout and all that she does, show your support to Sarah and to the many people that she and Leonard Cheshire support and donate to my appeal.
Please visit my Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stevethejobguru