“Never again” are the first words I spoke after finishing my very first marathon in 2008. I’m not quite sure what happened but I am now six marathons down the road with more to look forward to.
Training for a marathon is the hardest part. It’s gruelling, wet and lonely. It can be tricky to fit in long runs around family life and a busy shift pattern, and I have been known to run the 10 miles into my night-shift and then run home again the next morning just to fit the miles in.
Over the course of the last few years I have been lucky enough (tell it to my knees!) to run Edinburgh Marathon (EMF) a number of times for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The atmosphere is incredible; I can’t really compare but I can’t imagine running for any other charity. As you approach a sea of green every few miles, you know they are waiting for you. The cheer points go crazy shouting your name, giving you high fives and sweets. Music is blaring and everyone is cheering you on. Just for you (or so they make you believe in that moment).
Runners all around you look on with envy, they wish they had cheerers like #TeamMacmillan.
And although #TeamMacmillan do cheer for everyone, it’s just a little bit louder if you are wearing green (and they keep the good jelly babies for you!).
The whole EMF Weekend is catered superbly by Team Macmillan. On the Saturday there’s the 5K and 10K runs as well as a delicious Pasta Party where you get to meet similar runners with the same worries and concerns as yourself. Then there’s the half and full marathon on the Sunday with the excellent after care provided by the Team and masseurs (yes you will need them..!).
I’ve seen the excellent work Macmillan do for people affected by cancer. If my four (or five) hours of pain and discomfort running a marathon can help raise funds for this charity then, as far as I’m concerned, it’s a no-brainer.
The feeling you get when crossing the finish line, it’s something which I (and you should too) feel really proud of. I promise you there’s not a feeling like it as you run down the finishing straight with friends and family cheering you on.
Hopefully your experience doing the EMF will lead onto other fundraising experiences with the charity. I did London Marathon last year which was a fantastic experience (the best yet) and later this year I’m off to the Big Apple to run The New York Marathon for Macmillan.
I am delighted to have been offered a place and fundraising is already underway. If you are reading this and feel inclined you can text DMAC93 followed by your amount to 70070.
I am really looking forward to this year’s Edinburgh Marathon, and am hoping for a personal best. I can’t wait to hear all the cheers as I make my way round the 26.2 miles.
If you see me give me a wave, a high five or a red jelly baby.
Last year I was persuaded to run Edinburgh Marathon dressed as “Muggy” the Macmillan Mascot… (that’s what happens when your wife is a Fundraising Manager). Now that’s a definite ‘never again’, I think…!!!
by David Macmillan, Macmillan Cancer Support fundraiser