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London Marathon Man

Paul Smith, ETO’s Features Editor, has been picked in the always over-subscribed ballot to run in next year’s London Marathon in April. Paul explained, “It’s been my ambition to run the London Marathon for years. After several attempts to get in on the general ballot, my number came up and I’m thrilled to be taking part. Something around 150,000 people apply for around 30,000 places, so you do have to be lucky to be selected. I’ve chosen The Stroke Association as a worthy cause to run for, since my father had a series of strokes in the early 2000s. I’ve only done one full marathon before – in Edinburgh last May – and now have a better idea of what’s involved to cover the 26 miles 385 yards on foot in a reasonable time. I also got enough notice this time to put a proper training programme together! I’ll be doing a half marathon in March as a part of that preparation, running the Adidas Half around the Silverstone race track.”

If you’d like to follow Paul’s training, he will be posting info to his two fundraising pages; http://virginmoneygiving.com/MarathonAndOn (a not-for-profit site) and http://www.justgiving.com/MarathonAndOn (for those with a Just Giving account).