‘The London Marathon’ – it’s a tough thing to say, let alone do! But every year, more than 40,000 amazing people take to the capital’s streets to run for all manner of charitable causes.
I ran for the Donkey Sanctuary in 2015. It was an incredible experience and, whilst the miles of training were very long, it was all worth it in the end, running down the Mall and crossing that finish line.
But the most rewarding thing was knowing the money I raised by taking this 26.2-mile challenge on went towards helping thousands of donkeys and mules around the world.
From those 200 donkeys Dr Elisabeth Svendsen inherited nearly 50 years ago, last year the Donkey Sanctuary provided sanctuary to over 7,000 animals across Europe, and I was lucky enough to meet some of them.
These beautiful animals have so much character and are full of energy, deserving none of the mistreatment or malnourishment they receive. That’s why it’s so important people run for donkeys.
I want to encourage more people to run for the Donkey Sanctuary, which is why I’ve made a survival guide to the London Marathon!
It’s a video where myself and the London Marathon runners of 2018 give our top tips for getting to the start line on marathon day.
From the number of miles you should train, to what should be in your fridge, this is marathon 101 straight from the donkeys’ mouths!
When I ran the London Marathon three years ago, I was in my final year of a Classics BA at Warwick University, before moving onto a Sports Journalism MA at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham.
My passion is sport, whether I’m taking part or commenting on it, and the course let me channel this through video production.
Armed with my video production skills and a camera, I went down to Sidmouth to meet the donkeys and create this video, which I hope will encourage more people to run for the Donkey Sanctuary.
So enjoy watching, and all that’s left to say to the 2018 London Marathon is: Do It For Donkeys!