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A Marathon Challenge for Emma
We are always pleased to hear about the challenges and activities people undertake in order to raise money to support our work. The fundraising that our supporters do for us has a huge impact on the work we carry out to bring hope, opportunity, stability and independence to the lives of local children, families and young people.
In April 2018 one of our supporters, Emma Wilcock will take part in one of the best known sporting events in the world by running the 26 miles 385 yards of the London Marathon. We spoke to Emma about the exciting challenge that awaits her.
What inspired you to run the London Marathon for The Benjamin Foundation?
My partner ran the London Marathon for The Benjamin Foundation in 2016 and often speaks of the fantastic work the charity does. It’s great to be supporting a local charity in such a prestigious event.
Do you have a training plan and how is this going?
I’m using a combination of 2 training plans, one of them being a sub 4 hour time plan, I’m also receiving advice from experienced marathon runners of my running club, The Coltishall Jaguars.
Have you run the London Marathon, or similar events before?
I’ve never run the London Marathon before but I’ve run a few half marathons in Norfolk. The furthest distance I’ve run is a 30km race in Budapest last October, which was brilliant. I’m hoping that the atmosphere in London will be the same as it was in Budapest as that helped keep me going!
How is your fundraising going?
I’ve had a few sponsors so far and have some fundraising ideas in the pipeline. I’m planning on organising a coastal fun run around the Happisburgh area with refreshments and a raffle afterwards.
What will be the biggest challenge for you on Marathon day itself?
I think the biggest challenge will be running further than I have ever run before. From the advice I’ve received and looking towards the end of my training plan, the furthest distance I will go before the big day is 22 miles so those last 4 miles will be unknown territory!
What are you most looking forward to about the event?
I’m so excited for the whole experience. I’ve been told that it is a race like no other and the support you receive from the crowds lining the streets is incredible. I can’t wait to say that I’ve run a marathon too as it will be such a big personal achievement.
How do you think you will feel when you cross the finish line?
I think I’ll be very emotional and will want to be reunited with my family to celebrate running my first (and maybe my last!) marathon.
A big thank you to Emma from everybody here at The Benjamin Foundation. We wish you all the best with your training and we can't wait to follow your progress during the race itself.
If you would like to sponsor Emma, please visit her online fundraising page here.