In 2021 we were lucky to be given a Charity place in the iconic London Marathon. Although we don’t have a Charity place this year, we would love your support if you have been successful in the 2022 ballot!
We caught up with last year’s runner, Peter, who has given his advice and tips for anyone who may be taking on the challenge this year:
Peter is originally from Newcastle and served 28 years in the Royal Navy. Peter made the move down to Portsmouth when he met his wife whilst moving around the country. Peter’s wife works within our Hospice at Home team and so he has seen first-hand the incredible effort and care that is provided every day through our services.
Peter left the Navy three years ago, but during his service, he was regularly required to run to keep fit and there were tests to ensure fitness was kept up to standard. Following his departure from the Navy, he continued to run to stay fit and healthy and therefore was very excited when the opportunity to Run for Rowans in the 2021 London Marathon presented itself – a fantastic challenge of fitness and stamina whilst generating vital income for the Charity!
We asked Peter to reflect back to the day and how it felt to be part of such a big event, he told us ‘It was iconic, it was very well organised but the atmosphere was crazy’. Peter started his day at 5am, making his way to the start line where he met other runners also preparing to take on the biggest race in the UK. During the Marathon he spoke with many other runners and told us how friendly everyone was, describing the London Marathon as “like nothing I have ever done before.”
Peter completed the marathon in an impressive 5 and a half hours, walking the last 3 miles to soak up the incredible atmosphere!
If you are taking part in the London Marathon this year, here are some top tips from Peter:
- ‘Every time you don’t want to run – remind yourself of the reason why you are taking part’
- ‘Make sure that you train so you are able to enjoy the event’
- ‘Listening to podcasts can help training seem a little easier’
If you have been successful with securing your ballot place and would like to support Rowans Hospice Charity, please click here: www.rowanshospice.co.uk/londonmarathon