Oli (Front and Centre in the Image) will be running the London Marathon in April – absolute hero. We recently had a chat with him to find out a bit more about what this entails. We have included the link at the bottom, and so please join us in banging the drum for Oli to help him raise as much as possible for Epilepsy Research.
Tell us a bit about yourself Oli
I am 25 years of age (but my legs and feet are starting to feel like a 75 year old’s!), and I am from Bournemouth. I have been working at Zupa since September 2017 as a Developer.
How do you coincide your training with work?
Having an office job is certainly hard when trying to train for the London Marathon. Small things like lunchtime walks and trips to the coffee machine every now and then are necessary for anyone, although I am finding they can be quite sore following training!
Outside of work, keeping active has thankfully been a stronger point of mine. I have played tennis from a young age and I try to make regular trips to the gym (a few times a week). I hoped this would leave me in good stead for a marathon. Oh how I was wrong…
What is the training like?
Marathon training is like no other – involving 3-4 1.5 hour runs a week, exhausting is the word I would use. In 2016, I ran the Bournemouth Half Marathon, of which the training wasn’t all that bad. 5-8 miles normally, sometimes a bit longer. This gave me a false sense of confidence coming into the Marathon. So far, I have found the training is on another level – more frequent and much lengthier. As I speak, I am dreading the 15.25mile I have this week, my longest yet.
Who and what are you running for?
All of these painful hours spent training in the cold and dark winter mornings (and the copious amounts of nipple rub!), is nothing compared to the suffering my sister experienced for 20 years. My much-loved Sister was diagnosed with Epilepsy around the age of six. She suffered with many different types of seizures, including absence seizures almost daily. Unfortunately, Faye lost her life to Epilepsy in April 2016 at the age of 25. To add to the tragedy, 4 months earlier she had given birth to her beautiful son and only child, Austin.
In 2016, with the help of many of Faye’s friends and Family members we were able to raise over £14,000 for a charity that continues to strive in discovering and researching the causes of epilepsy, and how to prevent devastating tragedies like Faye’s. This is a charity that is very close to my heart – Epilepsy Research. I would absolutely love to beat my target of £2000 for this Marathon, charity bucket days outside of local supermarkets, cake and biscuit sales at work and hopefully many other events will certainly help. No matter how small or large a donation it will mean so much to my family and I.
Please find the link here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RememberingFayeJ