Sunday 28th April saw over 42,000 runners hit the streets for the 39th Virgin Money London Marathon. In the process they raised a record breaking £28 million for charity, setting another new fundraising record.
Bristol Helpdesk Advisor, Adam Mason ran on behalf of Integral to raise money for Crisis. We are delighted to report that he completed the course in 5hours 16 minutes and personally raised £2,300 for the homeless charity.
We are all so proud of his achievements especially given that he only took up running less than a year ago and this was his first ever organised running event. What a way to start!
Here Adam reflects on what it was like to be part of this iconic event:
"That was the best day of my life. There were thousands of people cheering, applauding, making noise, waving signs, playing music, offering sweets, even yelling my name when I started to tire. The longer the race went on, the louder they got. When I started to flag between miles 20-23, the support reached a fever pitch. From mile 24 onwards, I ran harder and faster than ever before in my entire life.
Passing the finish line was the most satisfying feeling in the world. Five hours, sixteen minutes, thirteen seconds. Just three hours slower than Mo Farah. Not bad for someone who only started running last year.
I’ve recovered well since and am eating everything in sight while enjoying a period of mild laziness.
Registration for London 2020 closes on Friday – maybe I’ll try and beat five hours next year?"
Anna Desimoni, Corporate Partnerships Account Manager at Crisis said:
"At Crisis, we rely on the support of individuals like Adam to help us provide solutions to homelessness for more people across the UK each year. We know how much work goes into the fundraising as much as all the running, so it is all the more appreciated!"