London Marathon 2015
Posted 14/04/2015 by BrightHouse Team
The Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 takes place on the 26th April, and this year we have two BrightHouse colleagues taking part: Store Manager Alex Buchanan and Regional Manager Nigel Lewis.
Both will be running in support of BrightHouse’s official partner charity, the NSPCC. Alex and Nigel have been training hard in preparation for the twenty-six mile course around capital, taking part in smaller events to build up to the big day. Alex Buchanan is even taking part in two marathons in seven days to up his game.
We interviewed both our runners to see how they’ve been getting on:
Q: What made you want to take part in the London Marathon for the NSPCC?
Alex: I just really enjoy running. I’ve caught the running bug – it’s mentally and physically challenging but in doing so, I better myself and all the while try to encourage people to donate to the NSPCC - that’s why I’ve decided to undertake this new challenge of two marathons within seven days. I think that two marathons in seven days is quite a big challenge for an amateur runner, and I’ve not done anything like it before.
Nigel: Signing up to run in the London Marathon for the NSPCC was a no-brainer for me. Being a dad of two fabulous daughters, Megan, 14, and Ffion, 8, really makes me appreciate how lucky I am. Raising awareness and giving opportunities to those who perhaps are not as fortunate as ourselves is so rewarding. If I can give a little back in life then it will all be worth it.
Q: When did you start training?
Alex: I have always kept up my running, but the serious hard work began in December. I run four times a week, doing a gentle four or five miles on Tuesdays, ten miles at marathon pace on Wednesdays, a fast five to six miles on Fridays, followed by the dreaded Sunday long, slow run, which starts at thirteen miles and goes up to twenty-one!
Nigel: August of last year. After becoming very ill over eighteen months ago, and weighing over twenty stone, I could not walk around a football field without being out of breath. I started to change my eating habits and my lifestyle, day by day increasing the amount I exercised to help in my quest of becoming a fitter guy. Take a look at my JustGiving page to see before and after pictures of me. I’ve come a long way since then.
Q: How are you coping with the training?
Alex: Training is going really well so far (touch wood), with no injuries to report. This year, I have signed up for two half marathons – Manchester and London. As part of my training, I have completed six laps around the motor racing track at Oulton Park, as well as taking part in the Liverpool half marathon. Nothing beats race day with the excitement and the crowds!
Nigel: My training is going really well. I train five or six days a week, which includes three ten-kilometre runs, a long run on a Sunday, and two gym sessions. I can feel my fitness improving day by day.
Q: Who has been your biggest support?
Alex: The support from my friends and family has been superb. I think my best support comes from my wife, as she is keeping our home running and our four-year-old boy amused singlehandedly while I focus on my training and staying fit and injury free. My work colleagues have also been fantastic with their generous donations.
Nigel: My wife Lisa and my daughters Megan and Ffion have been there every step of the way. Without them it would not have been possible for me to do this. My colleagues Abdul Muflahi and Michael Devine have also been a massive support. It really has been a team effort.
We wish both Alex and Nigel the very best of luck for the London Marathon! We’ll be catching up with them again after the big day.
If you would like to support Alex and Nigel’s NSPCC fundraising, you can read more and donate on their JustGiving pages - Alex Buchanan and Nigel Lewis.