Last year Karl, Senior Property Manager in our Brixton Branch, took up the challenge to run a marathon for the first time ever. Inspired by his experience in 2015, Karl is once again lacing up his running shoes for his second London Marathon, this time fundraising for the Canal & River Trust.
I caught up with Karl to find out what motivated him to run the London Marathon and why he’s back for a second one.
“I’ve always been interested in the London Marathon and running the grueling 26.2 miles last year turned out surprisingly to be so much fun that I just couldn’t wait to run it again. It really is such a unique experience that offers a truly personal physical challenge. To top it off, the crowd last year were amazing, the support from my family, friends and colleagues was overwhelming and at the end of the day it’s all for a good cause – I just couldn’t imagine not applying for 2016.”
Picture: Karl after sucessfully completing his first London Marathon in 2015
Having never run more than 5 miles myself, I was interested to know how Karl prepared for his first marathon and whether training was any easier the second time round.
“My first year’s training was perhaps more mentally challenging in that you do have a huge amount of doubt over whether or not you will be able to run the whole course. It’s totally the fear of the unknown. A bad training day can put you back a long way mentally but you quickly realise that you need to put these sessions behind you, remain focused and keep going. This year I’m completely motivated in my training by aiming to beat my time from last year; I’m going to go in stronger, more confident and more determined than ever. That said, training this year has been physically harder. I only found out in February that I had a sponsored place and by this time I should have been 8 to 9 weeks into my last year’s training plan. It was a big shock to my body kicking off running at 8 miles, especially during a rather cold spell of weather. Fingers crossed that the weather warms up in the final few weeks as the runs get longer and more intense.”
Lastly, I spoke to Karl about Canal & River Trust, the charity he is running for this year.
“This year I’m fundraising for Canal & River Trust, a charity that is helping people who have been affected in flood hit communities and repairing river banks damaged by flooding. As you may know, recent flooding over Christmas in parts of the UK turned many peoples’ lives upside down. This is a great charity doing great work and helping people who really need it. Any support to assist those affected and help protect our canal and river banks against future flooding would be amazing.”
If you would like to sponsor Karl you can do so by visiting his Virgin Money Giving page: http://tinyurl.com/SponsorKarlR
Article written by Emma Beresford, Marketing & Internal Services Manager.
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