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London Marathon 2015

London Marathon 2015


Event Details

Raised so far:£785.00
Donations: 34
Gift Aid: £180.00

Creator: Emily Wolton

Event Date: 26th Apr 2015

Event Id: 5520

Charities Supported:

  • PEACH TREE PRE - SCHOOL - 1038272 - 33%
  • Katharine House Hospice - 1011712 - 33%
  • Alzheimers Society Head Office - 296645 - 34%
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    Alzheimers Society Head Office
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Event Description

Back in 2012 I ran the London marathon for the first time. I managed to secure a place running for the charity Whizz kids and raised almost £3000 in the process which was quite a feat in itself, never mind the miles! I had pounded the pavements dutifully in the months leading up to the race, consumed God knows how may Lucozade sports drinks along the way and nursed countless blisters. Then the day finally arrived that I had been training so long for, the excitement and atmosphere along the streets of London was something I had never experienced before and whether the occasion got to me or whether it just wasn’t my day I don’t know but something didn’t feel right. Crossing the finish line in a time of 5 hours 1 minute and 06 seconds was a complete mix of emotions. Elation, that it was finally over, that I'd got myself through it and could finally tick it off the bucket list but more overwhelmingly a sense of disappointment at what could have been…

Everyone I spoke to after the race was full of praise at my achievement but inside I knew I could have done better. I’d trained hard and sacrificed precious family time to get myself to the start line and yes, I should have been pleased to just get through it but when you invest so much into something and you set yourself an expectation, to then not meet it left me with a sense of discontentment. My respect for the marathon distance was cemented in those gruelling last miles running down the mall towards my waiting family and seeing the clock ticking past the 5 hour mark. I knew in that moment that I had unfinished business with the London marathon and that one day I would be back….

3 years on and having had rejection after rejection I finally got the acceptance magazine though my door back in October telling me I had a place in the 2015 marathon. I was excited at the chance to experience it all again this time with the advantage of hindsight but with some trepidation as I knew now how much it consumes you and how hard it is motivating yourself to get out in the cold dark evenings for a ‘Hill Run’.

I put the marathon to the back of my mind for 3 months, we'd just got a new puppy and this was like having a new baby in the house! Marathon training was not on the agenda at all. Christmas came and went, the New Year dawned and it was decision time… defer my place for a year or go for it. There’s a 17 week training plan to follow which they kindly send you and day 1 was 29th December…it was clear if I was going to do it I needed to jump on board and get my head into gear quick!

So I decided to go for it… and I’m now 6 weeks into that 17 week plan and so far so good. My long runs are topping out at 10 miles currently but in two weeks I’m required to run 14 miles followed by 16,18,20,20,22….the prospect of which fills me with dread.

I’m taking it a day at a time, one session at a time and I’m trying not to look too far ahead. This time around I’m trying to stick to the plan because if I’m honest last time out I went a bit off-piste. I now realise the importance of the ‘tempo run’, the ‘interval run’ and ‘long slow run’. My philosophy for running in the past has always been just run as fast as you can for as long as you can but the marathon distance commands much more than that… the biggest battle is in my head but by sticking to my plan and ticking each session off it’s a battle I feel I’m slowly winning!

This year I’ll be raising money for three different charities, all very close to my heart. I don’t have a set target but I just wanted to be able to give something back and it’s definitely added motivation for getting me out training. Any donations large or small will be split equally between my charities:

Alzheimer’s Society – we have recently lost a family member to Alzheimer’s so this one is particularly special to me. There are currently around 850,000 people in the UK with Dementia and 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 will develop it. The chances are it will effect most of us at some point in our lives either living with the disease ourselves or caring for a family member who is effected. This disease is particularly heartbreaking for family and care givers as it gradually takes away the person you know and love, and feelings of grief and loss takeover. The Alzheimers Society is not only committed to researching ways into the cure and prevention of this terrible disease but also offer invaluable support and guidance for people living through it.

Katherine House Hospice – this hospice, based in Banbury, provides specialist palliative care services, which are so important in the last stages of a persons life, both to them and their families. The hospice services are provided free of charge and only a third of the costs are met by the government, the rest is funded by donations. It stands as a living memorial to the life of Katharine Gadsby who in 1984, tragically died of cancer at the age of twenty.

Peachtree pre-school - a fantastic pre-school in Hornton. Peachtree is an independant committee run pre-school and relies on fundraising to keep it going. In line with current Early Years thinking, Peachtree believes, through play, children learn many skills and concepts enabling them to begin to make sense of the world around them. They provide a warm, caring and stimulating environment where children feel safe, valued and able to learn. Working closely with parents, they plan activities and experiences that reflect the interests and learning styles of individuals, to optimise opportunities for learning and progression.

All donations large or small will be most gratefully received... Thank you so much for your support!

 

 

 

Comments and Donations
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Matt Given 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
28/04/2015
Congratulations!!!
Emma Churchley 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
27/04/2015
Emily Wolton 
Donated £15.00 (+ £3.75 Gift Aid)
27/04/2015
Donations from Mrs Wright and Mrs Parker at Peachtree!
Sarah Walther 
Donated £10.00 (+ £0.00 Gift Aid)
26/04/2015
Well done ...fab causes...Sarah Walther x
Anonymous 
Donated £20.00 (+ £0.00 Gift Aid)
26/04/2015
Good luck Emily, gogogogo!! Watching out for you on TV.
Jennie Perry 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
26/04/2015
Wishing you lots of luck! Go go go from Jennie, Jack and Tom x
Charlotte Birch 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
24/04/2015
Emily We will be thinking of you on Sunday we know you can do it!! Loads of Love The Birch Family xxx
Malgorzata Wolt 
Donated £5.00 (+ £1.25 Gift Aid)
24/04/2015
Good Luck!!
Rachel Thompson 
Donated £15.00 (+ £3.75 Gift Aid)
23/04/2015
Good Luck Emily, you will be amazing, Love Rachx
Sylvia Jones 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
23/04/2015
Lisa Burton 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
22/04/2015
Good luck Em. Let's see how Monday night you are ??
audrey wolton 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
22/04/2015
from joy French one of Maddys lovely ladies
Sue Stephens 
Donated £100.00 (+ £25.00 Gift Aid)
22/04/2015
We're very proud of you Em. We know you will do well and wish you lots of luck on the 26th. We'll be looking out for you!!! Have fun and enjoy. Lots of Love from Mum and Graham xxxxx
Alistair Jones 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
22/04/2015
Go Em!
Anonymous 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
22/04/2015
I come out on all these training runs with you and you don't invite me to join you on the day! Good luck anyway Mummy. - Merlin
Becky Holmes 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
22/04/2015
Well done em on all the training, you will be just fine and I'm sure you will get the time you want with all your hard training. You versus you! We will be there cheering you on all the way! love beck, rich, arch and Lols xxx
Mark Wolton 
Donated £100.00 (+ £25.00 Gift Aid)
20/04/2015
We're all so very proud of you and cant wait to come and support you and hug you at the finish! All our love, Mark, Theo and Poppy xxxx
Gillian Clarke 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
19/04/2015
Good luck Sparrow! Smash it! Xxx
Catherine Roger 
Donated £30.00 (+ £7.50 Gift Aid)
18/04/2015
Go girl...I feel your pain. Good luck from the Rogers
JACKIE TAYLOR 
Donated £5.00 (+ £0.00 Gift Aid)
17/04/2015
Katy Windett 
Donated £10.00 (+ £0.00 Gift Aid)
16/04/2015
Run little sparrow. You will do great. Lots of love Windy xxxxxxxxxx
Maddy wolton 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
15/04/2015
audrey wolton 
Donated £20.00 (+ £0.00 Gift Aid)
15/04/2015
so proud of you
Kalli Hampton 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
14/04/2015
amazing as always! Do a mile for me! Lots of love from the hampton-somertons xxxx
Robert Jones 
Donated £100.00 (+ £25.00 Gift Aid)
14/04/2015
Proud that you are running and hope you raise lots of money for your nominated charities . We will be there cheering you on. Love Dad and Ghislaine.
Julieanne Morto 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
14/04/2015
Good Luck
Zoe Greene 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
14/04/2015
Go Emily! I'm sure all the training will be worth it :-)
Edwige Le Monni 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
13/04/2015
Go Emily! You'll do great! :-)
Katie Walther 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
11/03/2015
3 fantastic causes to raise money for and a pretty hardcore way of doing it - wishing you lots of luck! Katie x
Tim Cornelius 
Donated £25.00 (+ £6.25 Gift Aid)
26/02/2015
Jonathan Short 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
26/02/2015
Go Emily go, you will do fantastically well good luck enjoy it.... Laura, Archie, Ruby and Jonathan Short.....xx
Alison Davies 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
26/02/2015
Good luck!
Holly Ainger 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
26/02/2015
Good Luck Emily!! Hope you get the time you want x
Joanne Grange 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
24/02/2015
Good luck! I'll look out for you as I watch it on TV....