This journey started with a half marathon last October, and will end with the full one on the world-famous London course. I have to say it’s been absolutely awesome!
The fundraising target of £1,000 initially made me worry and it certainly made my mum worry! However, the generosity of so many people has made fundraising so much fun for me- all I’ve had to worry about, since I started fundraising in December, was my training, which has been going very well.
Over the Christmas holidays, my mum and I hit the shopping streets of Christchurch and Highcliffe. From playing Christmas carols in a local Sainsbury’s store to braving the freezing temperatures, I was stunned by how many people took an interest in what we were doing. With some collecting tins, leaflets and a couple of boards, we managed to raise £668.54.
January and February involved a lot of ‘juggling’- when you’re in the final year of a BA in Classics, I think this is part & parcel! I enjoyed collecting in Leamington and Kenilworth from many kind people, even in the Christmas hangover period, raising £117.01.
I even managed to get the Warwick University Classics Society involved. We set up a Charity Olympiad in which members of the society played different mythical challenges to earn points. The Sphinx Riddle Challenge was certainly an interesting one to watch, raising £46.19 overall.
Throughout this time, I have kept three tins at different shops in Christchurch: a hairdressers, a bookshop and a bank. The hairdressers and bookshop have so far raised £86.31 I collected the bookshop tin with a coin sticking out! They now have a second tin, so I will look forward to counting this total and the tin from the bank.
In the last few weeks, I have been making the most of social media with a ‘Count Down’ blog to the big day in a couple of weeks’ time. The online donations have so far reached £167.47 with plenty more to come in, I’m sure.
After 6 months, £1,085.62 of fundraising and 388 miles, I feel a little more prepared for my first ever London Marathon. For me, the time is not important- the generosity of all the people who have donated will get me round the course. But Sunday 26 April 2015 will be a new experience for me and I am very excited to end my journey there!
Written by: Warren Muggleton
In training for the London Marathon