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The marathon is this weekend!

This weekend I will be taking on the massive challenge of the London Marathon. There’s no denying it, it’s going to happen. I am going to have to run 26+ miles and I am strangely looking forward to it.

I decided to enter the marathon after losing my father to cancer last year. He was a big and strong man, who was very tough and resilient. But it all changed when he got cancer – it completely destroyed him, both mentally and physically.

Seeing what he went through, it became unimaginable to me that children also have to go through the same pain and anguish. Which is why I am raising money for Children with Cancer UK, an amazing charity that supports and invests in vital research into childhood cancer.

Training has been OK – I’ve had a few injuries to contend with, specifically to my Achilles, which has prevented me from running at times, but I am feeling good ahead of the big day. I would have preferred more time, but due to family and work commitments training was always going to difficult.

Fitting the training in has been my biggest challenge. My advice to anyone who is thinking about doing a marathon is be prepared to be out of the house a lot, especially when it’s a long run day.

It’s going to be a great event on Sunday. I am really looking forward to meeting all of Children with Cancer team, seeing all the crowds and running around the world famous landmarks. The only thing I am worried about is the heat – if it’s hot day, it’s going to be very tough.

I hope that my small contribution will play a role in this Children with Cancer UK’s tireless and inspirational work. Since the charity launched in 1987, £220million has been raised to help the fight against childhood cancer, which is an amazing effort. I hope I can do my part to help them.

 

To sponsor Paul, visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=paul-mcmanus-SAVMLMBONDS3332019-6687&pageUrl=1