A huge congratulations to our runners of the London Marathon 2019
Thank you so much to Penny Webster who Ran for the Trees for the second time this year!
Crossing the line at 4:27 she was delighted. Penny has raised over £2,500 for ITF this year, plus giftaid!
“I had such a lot of fun at the London Marathon. I had injured my knee during training which prevented me from running more than 12-15 miles a week during most of my training plan. I agreed with my physio that on race day I would run until my knee started hurting (probably around halfway) and then just stop. So I decided to focus on having fun – I high fived every child watching who had a hand outstretched, accepted all free hugs offered (amazing what people offer on their placards!) and danced at the music stands along the way.
I don’t know if it was the adrenaline of the day or what, but the knee pain never came so I just kept on going. With such little training, my legs began to get a bit tired at about 18 miles when the cramps in my toes started and I have to admit I had to walk a few times. But to my huge surprise I crossed the line in just over 4 hours 27 minutes – officially a “good for age” time which with any luck will enable me to sidestep the ballot in future years.
Thank you to the International Tree Foundation who gave me the opportunity and inspired me to run a marathon (this was my very first marathon after 35 years of running). If anyone is on the fence about whether to run the marathon or not, my message would be to go for it. My husband who has also been running for 35 years and never run a marathon entered the ballot for the 2020 London Marathon as soon as we got home – as he said “having seen how much fun you had running it, I want to do it too!”
The back of her t-shirt reads,
“UNLESS someone like YOU cares a whole awful lot, NOTHING is going to get better. It’s NOT”.
Thank you Penny.
Running all the way round
Running For The Trees, ITF Chief Exec Andy Egan said,
“I achieved my personal targets of running all the way round and finishing in a time of 3:50 or better, with a plant powered 3:49!”
All funds from his run go to ITF partner in Uganda Masaka District Landcare Chapter, who do excellent work promoting agroforestry to improve livelihoods and combat poverty.
Andy writes: “The London Marathon was amazing; brilliant atmosphere and support. I achieved my personal targets of running all the way round (for the first time in a Marathon) and finishing in a time of 3:50 or better (with a plant powered 3:49). And I am also well on the way towards my target of raising £2,600 for our partner in Uganda and supporting some super cool primary school kids grow more than 5,000 trees. Can you help get me over the line?”
If you are inspired and want to also Run for the Trees, then we have spots open for the Oxford half:
There is still time to donate here: http://bit.ly/Run4Trees