As you’ll no doubt be aware by now as you are reading this, I am running the London Marathon in October. Like anyone running a marathon, I may have mentioned it a few times and managed to squeeze it in to most conversations I have had this year.
It begs the question; why?
It’s one that I’ve asked myself a couple of times over the past few months as I’ve started my preparation!
I’ve never had a desire to run a marathon. I quite enjoy running and had previously done a half marathon, but 26.2 miles seemed like far too much of a commitment for my tastes.
Then last year, I was asked by Primrose Hospice whether I’d consider running the ‘virtual’ 2021 London Marathon in support of them. I declined, but in a moment that some will view as madness offered to run the real one this year.
Like many people in my childhood town of Bromsgrove, I know people who have had incredible support during the most challenging times from the fantastic team at Primrose Hospice. The difference they make to people accessing their services, whether for direct support as they enter end of life care, or to those deeply impacted by the suffering and loss of loved ones, is invaluable.
At Jukes Insurance Brokers, we’ve had long-term involvement and support for the Hospice that pre-dates my time here. I was very clear when joining that continuing to play an active part in supporting our community and vital organisations like Primrose Hospice within it, would be a core part of how I wanted us to act as an organisation. We’re very fortunate to have had great support from the community of Bromsgrove, and will always look to ensure that support is mutual.
This is one of those ways of showing that support. Often it’ll be in much smaller, unseen ways – in the way we operate day to day – but occasionally someone (me in this case) will make a slight show of themselves in the hope of doing something positive within the community.
So that’s why I found myself packing the vital training gear, and plotting out various routes around the forest on our holiday. Thankfully the family are supportive and understanding – and in the case of my 6 year old Matilda, happy to occasionally keep me company as you can see!