Mad May Cometh

May is going to be a mad month for me, I’m doing 3 events in aid of Save The Children. I’ve got a horrible habit where I’m game for a challenge and tend to jump in feet first without thinking things through. Next month is a perfect example, 3 big challenges in one month, I’m doing:

  • A 25k (15 mile) run around Berlin, It’ll be my first time in Germany and I’m really excited to be exploring Berlin. I’ve not ran more than 21k (half marathon) before, so 25km is going to be interesting (I need to learn the german for ‘Which way to the hospital?’, just in case)
  • The weekend after Berlin I’m doing Rat Race’s Dirty Weekend. Dirty Weekend is an attempt to create the world’s largest assault course, it’s 20 miles long with 200 obstacles – including the world’s largest monkey bars (210m long), world’s largest cargo net crawl and many other pain-inducing obstacles. Their website has loads of youtube videos of some of the challenges ahead, each one makes me weep a little. It’s been billed as the equivalent of 2 Tough Mudders back to back. I feel wholly unprepared, I lack any form of upper body strength (serves me right for not training).  In the words of one of my very supportive ‘friends’ “You’re going to die a wet and muddy death out there Mart” – eek!
  • At the end of the month (providing I survive the Dirty Weekend) I’ll be running the Bupa 10k. Last year’s Bupa 10k was my first ever serious running event, It’s going to be fantastic to tackle it again this year – hopefully it won’t be as hot as 2012’s

I’ll of course blog about my progress and bruises – Just so you lot can laugh at my expense. If you want to help soften the pain and make it all seem worthwhile, please sponsor me at http://virginmoneygiving.com/martynthomassci

London Marathon – Watching Others Achieve Greatness

Ever since I can remember there were two events I always watch on TV, the London Marathon and The Great North Run.

The Great North Run is world’s second largest half marathon (the largest is in Gothenburg, Sweden), held in Newcastle in September where the London Marathon is the world’s largest marathon, which took place on Sunday.

Both events are huge (over 37,000 runners ran London this year), and the majority of the runners are running for charity (74% of entrants at London ran for charity, raising £52million). Unlike most athletic events, where trained professionals make us feel guilty for slouching on the sofa, the Great North and London Marathon is about the everyman (and everywomen). Watching the events you see the ambition, struggle, determination and raw emotion of the runners, many who have hardly ran in their lives before taking up the challenge. It’s the most inspiring event you’ll ever see, it fills you with pride seeing everyone succeeded. It also caused me to spend the whole say with a childish grin on my face from seeing the streets packed full of crowds showing their support, making ear-ringing noise. Run Dem Crew went all out and invaded Mile 21 to show their support for the members of the crew who ran. You can check out some of the amazing photos and videos at mile21.co.uk.

Even with the sad events in Boston, the marathon felt larger than ever like everyone was determined not to let the bastards spoil it. Most runners ran with a ribbon to show that our thoughts were with the victims of mindless act, and it felt fitting that Tatyana McFadden (who won the Women’s Elite Wheelchair event in Boston 6 days before) won the Women’s wheelchair event.

Needless to say, as soon as the ballot opens on Monday I’ll be trying to get a place, fingers crossed everyone.