They say the hardest part of a marathon is training for a marathon and even for a half marathon the saying holds true; getting your body ready to take on over 20km/13miles can leave you aching all over, from head to toes. Imagine then our surprise when two YLC staff members decided to volunteer as runners in The Royal Parks Half Marathon to raise funds for YLC. Our two runners were Tom, who already had one race under his belt and first timer Richard (our Managing Director), who had never done anything like this before. It was already shaping up to be an interesting race.
After weeks of being plagued with knee injuries, swollen ankles and nights spent tossing and turning in bed worrying if they had made a catastrophic mistake, the day finally arrived. Race day, billed as the most beautiful race in London, Royal Parks Half Marathon, is an absolutely stunning route. It takes you through Hyde Park to St James’, past Buckingham Palace and up to the Strand, before going back to Hyde Park and Kensington Park Gardens. And on a sunny but mild October morning with falling leaves and excellent vibes all round from a crowd of cheering supporters. Sounds nice, but don’t let all that fool you. It's not exactly a walk in the park.
When the day came, our boys did us proud. TBH, just finishing would have been enough but even more amazing is being able to walk away after with a decent time and no injuries. They are both winners, even though technically Tom was a winner 4 minutes faster ;). Apart from the extra clout, they can now tick a half marathon off their bucket list but most important is the reason they run the race in the first place.
So far they've managed to raise £1,100 for YLC to further help transform the lives of Lambeth's young people. This money will enable 50 more one to one sessions with young people, so all the donations do make a real difference.
The race may be over for another year but the donation lines are still open so it’s not too late to show your support. Just click the big donate button down below.
We’d like to thank our fantastic runners but most importantly we would like to thank all those who showed their support by donating. No doubt we’ll do it all over again next year, so better get training guys, those PBs won’t smash themselves.
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