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London Marathon training: Shane’s story

Shane is taking on the London Marathon with team Kids. With less than two months to go until the big day, he’s already smashed his £1,950 fundraising target and is continuing to raise awareness of our work. Read on to find out why he chose to support Kids, and how his training is going.

Why I’m running with team Kids

Hi, my name is Shane, 40 years from Croydon. Currently working within the Environmental Services section as a Team Manager. Wouldn’t consider myself to be overly sporty but I do like to keep fit with riding and now more recently running.

As I was looking through the list of charities for the London Marathon, I said to myself I would like to do something outside of the mainstream names. As I come from a fairly large sized family and have three children of my own, I thought why not look for a charity revolving around children.

I saw Kids and that connected with me straight away due to having difficulties with my first born. As the old cliché goes, children are the future so whatever helping hand we can give them I would like to support that.

How my training is going

I completed my first official run back in November with a 10km night run which was completed in 00:56:00. I’ve now got the Brighton Half Marathon scheduled for Sunday 25th Feb as part of the journey to the London Marathon in April.

Training has been a real eye opener. Every run you are learning something new about yourself and your mental ability, let alone your physical one. However you are also learning invaluable but important lessons about things that are key to the overall mission, like the fuelling, the strength training, and the not-overdoing-it.

Injuries have come and I’ve been trying to manage them as best as possible without getting too down about it. The fundraising has been great so far and I’ve over achieved on my minimum target, but still pushing for more.

Thinking of running for Kids?

As mentioned previously, kids who need that extra helping hand should get support from somewhere. Let us make that small difference together, it’s worth it even if your part only helps a single child. Small things can make a big difference in the long run.

“Children are precious and sometimes forgotten about. Everyone deserves a helping hand as and when required. So whether it be a small or large amount, every little helps towards a brighter future.”

Take on a challenge event

Take on a challenge for Kids and help create a world where all kinds of children and young people have all kinds of opportunities.

Marathons, skydives, bike rides, sponsored walks – anything goes!