In February, LPUK patron and chairperson Warwick and Sam Davis visited Louth, to launch Richard Bannister’s Virgin London Marathon run, since then Richard has been in full training for his ninth Virgin London Marathon, which is on Sunday 24th April, 2016. He has kindly taken time out of his training and work schedule to give us an update on how his training is going:
“So, training, how's it going? I'm not too sure to be honest! I know it's coming to its peak now, but my goodness, it's been a hard slog! Much, much harder than I anticipated! Even though this will be my ninth marathon, training this time has really surprised me and been much harder than I thought it would be. Possibly because I've not run for upwards of four years since my last marathon!
I've stuck to a training plan of three runs a week, a quick 2 miles, a tempo 6-8 miles and a long steady run of 12+ miles. Currently my long run distance is up to 19-20 miles. Along with three runs a week on non running days I do strength and core training as well as cycling on my turbo trainer.
I have decided to take this week off running as I feel physically exhausted and have quite a few aches and pains. Hopefully this short rest will give me a new lease of life for the final three weeks training before the marathon on April 24th. I have to say a massive thanks to Amanda McMullen at Massage For All in Louth for her continued support and skill. I really would be struggling even more if it wasn't for her help.
After saying all that though, I really am looking forward to the big day! I'm hoping I can grab the attention of Denise Lewis if she's doing her interviews on Tower Bridge again. Hopefully I can grab a few words with her on the TV to get some coverage for LPUK.
Fingers crossed I can reach my target of £2000 sponsorship for LPUK. This is the most important thing for me. I don't mind how long it takes me to get round the marathon or how much pain it gives me doing it, it's all about the help I can give to people I'm never going to meet! That's what is important to me, helping others.”
Little People UK are hugely grateful to Richard for attempting this amazing feat, we really do value his fundraising and even more, his support.
If anyone can go to cheer Richard on, please do, he would be immensely grateful for your encouragement, and of course, we want to show our appreciation. If you can’t make it, don’t forget to tune in to watch the Virgin London Marathon on BBC, hopefully we will see Richard on the television.
Once again, a huge thank you from everyone at LPUK.
If you would like to donate, please visit his JustGiving page.