My marathon challenge for sports and education charity
On the grounds of ‘you have to practice what you preach’ I am training for this year’s Virgin London Marathon in October. It’s a distance you must respect, which is probably why it will only be my second – more than 20 years after the first!
I am now a very average 50-something runner, so definitely older but probably no wiser when it comes to tackling 26.2 miles.
As a consequence I am having to prepare differently to my 30-year-old former self, paying as much attention to stretching, nutrition and recovery as to my training schedule. It’s a tricky balancing act as there are no shortcuts – you’ve got to have the miles in your legs – but equally you have to listen to your body and adapt accordingly, mixing up your running and watching your training load.
The two things I won’t lack are inspiration and motivation. Melton Sports customers are always taking on amazing challenges which make your jaw drop and I’ve been fortunate to get a charity place for sports and education charity the Belvoir Cricket & Countryside Trust.
The Trust seeks to inspire children to lead healthy active lives through sporting opportunities and access to outdoor learning. It reaches over 3,000 youngsters each year, including those with special needs, and with plans for a purpose-built facility at its base at Knipton on the Belvoir Estate hopes to double that number over the next decade.
Our children have missed out on so much over the last 18 months so it’s never been more important to get them outside, trying new sports and activities, learning and having fun.
As a fundraiser for the Trust I know we have to redouble our efforts which in my case means taking on the marathon – the equivalent of running 2,098 runs between the wickets on a cricket field!
I hope you might help me reach or even smash my £3,000 target in the knowledge that every donation will make a difference. If you can, please sponsor me at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/michael-cooke-SAVMLMBONDS333-2020-212247
Thank you, Michael Cooke, Melton Sports