BENEFITING: American Cancer Society
EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2013
After finishing the New York City Marathon in the late afternoon of 1 November 2009, I think I was foolish enough to say something like ‘Never again…’?!
I was delighted when I received the confirmation that I had a place in the Virgin London Marathon, 2013 - briefly, but then I realized that this meant training for several months and through the winter. The training programme is now coming to an end – I have run tens of miles, made significant investments in thermal attire and all kinds of physical therapy, and talked endlessly about running to family, friends and colleagues. All of whom, interested or not so much, have listened and empathized with the endurance of long-distance runners…
So, to celebrate reaching both my 50th birthday and the VLM, 2013 starting line, I have decided to raise money for a good cause - cancer research and support and care to people living with cancer. If you're not able to get to London to cheer me on but want to mark the event, or if you'll be along the route and are inspired to give anyway, please donate to the American Cancer Society or Macmillan Cancer Support (http://www.justgiving.com/clairjones262).
If you’re wondering how much to give –
- A marathon is 26.2 miles. I will burn about 100 calories in each of these miles.
- To qualify for the Boston Marathon, a woman aged 50 years must have run a marathon in exactly 4 hours or less.
- My resting heart rate is 48 beats per minute but it will increase to an average 150 beats per minute through the race.
- The elite athletes will be crossing the finishing line in front of Buckingham Palace after 125 minutes – as I will be crossing London Bridge with another 13 miles to go.
If you want to find out more about my selected charities, their websites are:
American Cancer Society - http://www.cancer.org/
Macmillan Cancer Support - http://www.macmillan.org.uk/
And - the small print... Donating through this site is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to make a gift to the American Cancer Society.