Colin hates running so why is he doing the London Marathon?

Posted by / Friday 22 April 2016 /

Colin Tomkinson wanted to raise some money for Action for Children, so he competed in a “Strictly Come Dancing” style competition at his workplace. After enjoying that so much, he was ready for his next challenge, so he signed himself up for the world's most famous race - The London Marathon.


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Colin works in the Northampton office of Barclaycard, who are one of our charity partners, so when he found out that he could get a place through Action for Children he jumped at the chance (or was it an excuse) to get fit.

Now in his late 50s, he’s got 2 grown up daughters so running for a charity that supports vulnerable children appealed to him.

So, with a new pair of running trainers on his feet, his training and fundraising was started. Colin ran his first 5k in October and a 10k in November. He finished the Silverstone Half Marathon in March and is now looking forward to London.

Colin was inspired by Eddie Izzard’s 27 marathons in 27 days challenge and in particular Eddie’s advice to “Listen to your body”. This will be key on the day (together with his race survival kit snacks of jelly babies and jaffa cakes!)

"If something is aching stop pushing against the muscle; if you want to keep going, then walk it out or change the way you’re running. But listen to the signals."

Eddie Izzard,
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He moved house over the winter so the marathon training has been a great excuse to explore the area around his new home although this was mixed with indoor training on the treadmill through the dark winter months.

While admitting that some of the training has been “boring”, Colin raves about his Fitbit as he’s now battling with his colleagues to see who can do the most number of steps each week (we think Colin's going to win this week's challenge after completing his 26.2 miles)

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Or if you still need a little more encouragement, read our five fantastic reasons to run a marathon.

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