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Running 10km in Central London: it hurts!

PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 10:08 am
by Garth Cartwright
As some of you are aware I have lost what was left of my mind, willingly undertaking what will be a brutal exercise - running 10 km in central London to raise funds for the Stroke Association on 25 May.

I'm doing this to honour my good friend Jon Lusk who is recovering from a huge stroke and to acknowledge the great work the SA does. Some of you might know Jon's writings from fRoots and his occasional obits of world music artists in The Independent. Seeing how the NHS and the Stroke Association have helped Jon back to a semblance of health is inspiring. I have no desire to be a runner but hearing about the Bupa 10km and how you can sign up to fundraise for a specific health charity has inspired me to learn how to distance run. So each day I'm out there running in Burgess Park and other places (with the iPod on shuffle).

If you fancy sponsoring me - and I've never run for anything more than a bus before - then please do so. I want to raise at least £1000 for the SA. Chip in if you can!
https://www.justgiving.com/garth-cartwright

Re: Running 10km in Central London: it hurts!

PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 2:59 pm
by uiwangmike
So how did you get on Garth? Did you uphold the tradition of Murray Halberg, Peter Snell and John Walker, and break the 60-minute barrier?

Re: Running 10km in Central London: it hurts!

PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 7:24 pm
by Garth Cartwright
55 minutes and 4 seconds! It was incredibly tough - the last 3 or 4 kms as I ran towards Big Ben and then across Parliament Sq and alongside St James Park were brutal, my stamina was fading and I really had to dig deep to keep going and not stop for a breather. I had a shower and a nap then went to see Geraint Watkins with Nick Lowe and then the divine Nikki so by the time I was riding a horribly crowded 37 bus back to Peckham I was shattered, ready to collapse. The good thing about being self employed is that you can spend a couple of days on the sofa recovering. Oh, I damaged my left ankle while training so ran the entire 10 km in pain....

Anyway, so far have raised 2070 pounds for the Stroke Association so it was all worthwhile. Thanks to the forumistas who supported this effort - much appreciated! Anyone still wanting to donate the link remains open. Yeh!

Re: Running 10km in Central London: it hurts!

PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 8:53 pm
by Adam Blake
Well done, Garth. You are a very brave man!

Re: Running 10km in Central London: it hurts!

PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 9:19 am
by Chris P
Well done for putting yourself out on your limbs, Garth. Good man, (& somewhat headstrong too!)