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Why I am running the London Marathon

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Leukaemia Care, Charity

By Terry Blyth


My Name is Terry (Terence) Blyth, I am 52 and I am running the London Marathon for Leukaemia CARE.

My reason for running is simple. After watching the marathon for many years there is always that little spark inside you that says ‘I could do that’. But that feeling normally goes away after you switch the TV off!

We actually went to watch the 2015 London Marathon, as our future daughter-in-law was running.

Being there on race day is very awe-inspiring. So after much deliberation, I took the plunge. I was always going to run for a charity and Leukaemia CARE seemed the most suited to the way our lives have been turned upside down by the dreaded disease. My wife was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) in 2013, and the journey has been one of two steps forward, one step back, but she is progressing in the right direction.

My progress to date…

After being accepted to run for Leukaemia CARE, I started a six month training programme, starting by walking to get my fitness up and get used to the distance, then by gradually turning it into a running programme of three, four, five miles on Monday, Wednesday, Friday. I then was able to gradually increase the mileage and managed to get to five, seven, 10.

However, in the background of trying to get my training in, we have been looking to move house, so unfortunately my training has stopped in the last two months, and we have successfully moved, (that’s my excuse anyway!).

In October I will be back into the three, four, five mile cycle. I would like to attempt a half marathon before the London Marathon in February to get in some practise before the big day.

I have a Garmin 110 with a heart rate monitor that I have been using that helps me to track my runs. I also use The Good Run Guide to map my runs. The site allows you to map out a run using its mapping facility, so you can choose a nice off-road footpath-based run.

In October, with the help of my wife, I organised and held a ball to help my fundraising efforts. It was held at the Prince Regent Hotel in Chigwell, Essex (just in case we got any TOWIE celebrities to come along!)

On the night we had 105 people come to support us. Tickets were priced at £45 a head, with £15 going to Leukaemia CARE, which included a three-course meal.

Leukaemia CARE sent us some flyers, wristbands, balloons and posters to decorate the hall and it looked rather special.

We held a raffle and if your raffle ticket was picked out, you then picked from another set of tickets from the numbers 1 to 49 (the number of prizes we had) that then dictated the raffle prize you won. This meant that the TV stayed on the table for some time and seeing blokes walk away with handbags, and ladies with toolkits was rather funny!

It was a tremendous night and we managed to raise £2,600 for Leukaemia CARE.

The biggest thing I got out of it was seeing my wife actually enjoying the challenge, after all that she has been through, it was like a way of forgetting all about the disease. We all had that warm glow afterwards of knowing we had pulled it off, which made all the effort worth it.

I hope all of your training and fundraising is going well. Don’t worry if you get off-track for a bit, I definitely can relate to that!


See you next time.

You can support Terry here

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