Sennheiser UK’s David Atkinson and pro-audio PR professional Jerry Gilbert have two things in common: a heart of gold and a penchant for punishment.
Both have been training for the Virgin London Marathon on 24 April, which they will be running for charity.
Atkinson (left) is raising money for CLIC Sargent, the specialist charity for young people with cancer. Competing in his first marathon, he is one of a 400 strong team running for CLIC who between them are looking to bring in over £700k for the charity.
Gilbert is running in support of Carers Worldwide, who strive to improve support and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring for a family member, but specifically in developing countries like India and Nepal. His personal goal is to raise over £1,500 for the charity.
It will be both men’s first marathon attempt.
Training for the event has not been easy: “I never knew what true pain felt like – until this morning,” recounts Gilbert. “The 17 miles I ran around the villages of Hemel Hempstead yesterday, in preparation for my London Marathon debut, took me so far into unchartered waters (at least seven miles) that all the Rebuild shakes in the world this morning have done little to repair the agony of these 67-year-old legs.”
“A year or so ago I struggled to run a mile so I’m not going to beat any records,” says Atkinson. “The goal is simply to get round, and raise over £3,000 for CLIC Sargent in the process.”
In an effort to stay on track with their training, Gilbert and Atkinson have tentatively agreed to a friendly challenge run of several laps around Dorney Lake, Windsor on 3 April for a total of 20 miles.
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