Welcome, dear reader, to a very brief timeline of recent events.
22nd April 2018:
20th January 2020:
Yes, as predicted by everyone at the time, that infamous threat back in April 2018 has of course proved to be a distinctly empty one, as less than two years after feeling like The Hottest London Marathon on Record had nearly killed me, it sure as hell looks like I’ll pretty soon be aiming to run 26.2 miles again. AGAIN. It’s Seeph vs Marathon, 2020 edition. New decade, same old me.
To be fair, I also said “never again” after my first marathon back in 2011 and I’ve ended up doing a further four since, so it’s not entirely unexpected. I can totally understand the cynicism. However, on that sweaty day down in London town, I really did feel like that was the end of the road for me at the full distance. I had achieved my London Marathon ambition – twice – and that second time around was literally the hardest thing I had ever done in my entire life. “No more marathons” seemed an entirely appropriate sentiment.
But yet here I am, as you all knew I would be, with yet another date in the diary: Sunday 5th April 2020. Just over two months to get myself ready after only signing up last Monday and suddenly I’m a marathon wanker all over again, less than two years after vowing it would never happen.
I guess it’s not a complete surprise really is it, I mean, this is who I am deep down. I’ve always had little breaks from marathoning here and there as it’s such a ridiculous commitment that totally takes over my life for months. I’ve even had full-on breaks from running where I’ve gone off and had adventures on two wheels and stuff and not run for like half a year. But something keeps dragging me back, and especially to the full distance. Again, and again, and again, and again. Five times I’ve pushed myself over 26.2 miles throughout the 2010s, and as we enter the 20s we suddenly have the sixth attempt looming ominously on the horizon.
It’s a nice race to ease my way back into marathoning anyway, on (mostly) familiar ground as I run the race of my adopted home of Manchester for a third time. The route’s a bit different to the one I ran back in 2016, but the changes all look pretty decent with a new leg into the City Centre and a final stretch recreating last October’s Manchester Half through Chorlton, where I should have a few chums stood there chucking things at me to help get me over the line. Hopefully beer or sweets, but you never know.
Those of you who caught my most recent blog will already be aware that another marathon was all coming anyway, but what I didn’t mention last time around was that my return to action will be fundraising one, aiming to (hopefully) raise a nice big total for a local charity who have helped a couple of close friends and family members with their ultimately successful battle with cancer over the past few years.
I’d really like to raise as much as I can for these guys, cos they’re bloody ace.
- The Christie charity provides enhanced services over and above what the NHS funds, enabling them to give their patients the best care, treatment and quality of life possible.
- This includes continuous funding for a number of services throughout The Christie hospital, including the cancer information centre, wig fitting service, art room and complementary therapy.
- They are also raising money for major developments including the new Christie centre in East Cheshire and the radiology department development.
- The Christie charity only exists because of support from fundraisers and they promise to ensure that all donations are spent as wisely and cost effectively as possible.
- Each and every pound you give makes a real difference to patients of The Christie, their families and friends. Your donations will have a positive impact, every single day.
So there we are. It’s marathon time again, and that’s why. You can donate here should you feel so obliged if you have any spare change. No donation is too big or too small, it all helps, and then the onus is on me to drag myself out of marathon retirement and go and have a nice little run down to Altrincham and back in a couple of months time. As I said last month; new year, same old me.
We go again.
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