Our very own Gail Andrews, manager of Axcis Liverpool, will be running the London Marathon on Sunday 26 April in support of the National Autistic Society.
Although there are around 500 marathons organised across the world each year, the London Marathon is certainly one of the more iconic runs – or perhaps I am just biased because I live and work in our fair city! With places organised by ballot (and entry now closed), there are always far more applicants than places, making it a competitive event months before the starting pistol is even fired. Runners can increase their odds of a place by linking up with a charity – even now charities are offering guaranteed places if you can meet their fund raising targets.
Our very own Gail Andrews – branch manager for our Liverpool Office, will be taking part in support of the NAS. Although I have done a couple of sporting events for charity myself – Tough Guy in 2010 and the London to Brighton Bike Ride in 2011 – to me, these pale in comparison to a gruelling 26 mile road race. Never much of a runner myself, I have huge respect for those with the dedication to train for months and turn up on the day, regardless of how they might be feeling or what the weather is like, and stick with it all the way through to the finish line.
I caught up with Gail to find out a bit more about her run and why she’s doing it:
Why do you want to run the marathon?
I enjoy running, and wanted to set myself a goal of running London now I am in my 40’s
Who are you supporting and why?
Supporting National Autistic Society, because of the amazing work they do for families who are affected by autism
What training are you doing so far?
I started running 3 miles, 3 times a week at the beginning of November, then commenced a 16 week training plan in the first week of January but have already been hindered with shin, splints!! I have joined a local running club, to help me with my training
Do you have any fund raising things planned in the run up to the big day? If so what are they?
I have set up fundraising page with Virgin Money, plan to do charity cake sale, company non uniform fundraising day, charity car boot sale, charity car wash
How do you feel about running it?
Very nervous, excited, worried about fitting all the training in, as I have to commit to running 4 times a week, so pretty hard being a single mum and working full-time
Have you done anything like this before?
I have ran 2 marathons before, but it was a long time ago, and I have not been running regularly, so training is going to be tough
Gail will be sharing the details of her fundraising events in the run up to the big day, so watch this space to find out how you can get your car washed, buy a yummy cake, or buy something at her car boot stall! Alternatively, visit her fundraising page any time and donate. No matter how big or small the amount, your donations are hugely appreciated. Please show her your support!
GOOD LUCK GAIL!