What it’s like to run a marathon for Whizz-Kidz

Paul Lucas by Paul Lucas
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Paul took on the London Marathon 2015 as part of Team Whizz-Kidz. Here he writes about his experience. Apply for your London Marathon place today! 

Dear Whizz-Kidz,

I’d like to say a huge, huge thank you for allowing me to be a part of your marathon journey this year. I have cherished every moment of every mile I’ve run and every pound I’ve raised.

The support on the day was huge from start to finish and made even more special for every crowd of Whizz-Kidz green. Seeing those crowds of green made the race all the much sweeter and it’s testament to that support that you could always hear them before you saw them. Without that support, the London Marathon would have been a lonelier and tougher place, so I am incredibly grateful for that. I hope that the money I have raised along with the other Whizz-Kidz runners goes some way to justifying that support.

I cannot thank you enough for all of your support, not just on the day but in the months and days leading up to the day. From the open days, meeting the children, to the emails and phone calls, every one of these gestures has helped in every aspect of this marathon journey, pushing me to raise more, and run more.

The race itself was much harder than anticipated and the occasion really got to me. The last miles were a real fight but I soldiered on through. It is easy to say that this was the hardest thing I have ever put my body through and I am incredibly proud of the run and the money I have raised over the last six months of this journey.

In the immediate aftermath of the race, I was completely overcome emotionally and physically and it took everything just to get home.

I said at the time that this was the first and last marathon I would run but, like so many before me, a few days of recovery and reflection have left me thirsty for more. It’s funny how the mind is able to easily forget and disregard just how much pain those final miles caused and even now I look back and think, “it wasn’t that painful, why did you slow down?” 

I will be applying for the London Marathon once again and I am also looking at other marathon options including ones much further afield so watch this space.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.

Paul

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