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Hi all fellow forumites,
A few weeks ago I entered the Target Asics 26.2 never believing that I would get through the first stage. I did think my story was a good one which is why I entered but was amazed when I received a call to attend 'Bootcamp'. On Monday I was advised, to my utter delight, that I had made it to the public vote.
Back in the late 80's a local runner, Bob Matthews, one of the greatest paralympians ever and a true inspiration to me, was desperate for help as he approached the World Championships. Somewhat, hesitantly, I called him and offered my services as a guide and before I knew it I was being dragged around every day on a small piece of rope by someone much faster. I learned a lot about myself and, also, what made Bob a great champion.
I did improve and my love for running was born. In 1994 I set my marathon PB of 2:44. A job change and children made the commitment tougher especially when the second time around my wife gave birth to identical twin girls. Life was never the same again.
I continued to run but it became apparent that the girls had learning difficulties and, eventually, they were diagnosed as autistic. The constant fight with the education authorities has been wearing, tearful and frustrating. However, the fighting has been worth it - they are my kids afterall - and they have, at last been given the educational provision they so desperately need.
The fight has made me stronger. Now the time has come to commit properly to the marathon again. In April 2014 I will be 50 and I desperately want to achieve a GFA qualification in Paris next spring.
I have been on the RW forums (previously under my full name) since May 2005 when I ran the Edinburgh marathon in a time of 3:34 with a minimum of training. I always believed that I would break the magic 3 again but I was unaware of the timeconsuming fight that lay ahead.
Now I am more realistic! The path to the GFA time will be hard and long, but I'm in better shape at this time of year than I have been since 1994.
Those that know me will say that I am an open book. Every up and down will be shared on the forums.
I believe I will bring fun to the team.I will be committed and work with the coaches to meet the goal. Living with four girls in the house is always a good reason to go for a run, especially with three of them being teenagers!
Life has been better this year. My kids are settled and we are viewing our future with renewed optimism. Running has, honestly, been my salvation and it would cap the year to secure a place on the team.
Please ask me anything that comes to mind. I understand that it's difficult voting for people you know little about but I promise not to let you down if you do give me your vote. I will use that fighting spirit to the full
Here is the link to my voting page: Target 26.2 2013 Good for Age