Fola Olafare shares his marathon experience

Fola has sent us a fantastic recount of his marathon training and the day itself.

“When I first started training, the actual Marathon seemed so far away and there were times when I was tempted to miss a training session or I struggled to get out of bed for a morning run, especially in the cold!   However, I am so glad that I did because it was all worth it and I wanted to do the Trust proud.  I also had such tremendous support from my family, friends and work colleagues and I can never thank them enough for that.

The weather was nice and bright on the day and, encouraged by text and Facebook messages of support, I headed into Greenwich.  Although I was by myself, lots of other runners came over to chat and it really helped to calm my nerves.  Before I knew it, it was ready to start and the day just got better.

 The crowds were brilliant – supportive when I flagged, cheering throughout.  And there was always someone who put a smile on my face even when my feet were screaming for me to stop. 

 Best moment of the day – running up to Westminster and seeing my sister-in-law’s (who had travelled down from Worcester on the day just to be there) up a lamp post and looking out for me.  Seeing her shout was brilliant and then I got to spend a little bit of time with my family too before finishing the race, knowing that my mum and sister were in the grandstand.

 Thank you for letting me run for you.  After what my wife and I went through last year, your support and information played a large part in helping us to cope.  Your organisation is an inspiration and it was a privilege to wear your colours on the day.”

Our congratulations again to Fola and our other gold bond runners, you were a fantastic team this year and did us proud.  If reading this has inspired you do take a look at the events diary for some inspiration by clicking on fundraising then events to the right of this page.