The London Marathon is a fantastic event for anyone looking for a new fitness goal, to set a personal best, take on a completely new challenge, and of course, to raise money for charity.
We are very lucky that this year two runners have chosen HOLG as their charity, both with different reasons for taking part. The first is Iain Spink.
Iain, 49, from Canterbury is HOLG’s music therapist as well as being one of our wonderful volunteers since 2006. He first came across our work when he was asked to run a music group by another therapist he was on a placement with at Demelza House, a charity HOLG has worked closely with over the years. He was so taken with HOLG, he signed up as a volunteer before taking on the music therapist role.
As well as raising money via the marathon, Iain runs a number of events based on his musical skills in support of HOLG including music quiz nights and gigs, where he plays as part of a duo called ManCave.
A keen runner, Iain has completed several marathons in the past, and was offered a ballot place in 2020 for the London Marathon which became a virtual event due to covid. He ran in support of HOLG and raised around £2,000 but was allowed to defer his place in the real event and will finally be taking it up this year, after overcoming injury in 2022.
Despite losing a few weeks’ training to illness, preparation has been going well with Iain aiming to run a maximum 20-mile session then tapering down each week before completing the full distance on the day.
Iain comments, “It’s always disappointed me that smaller charities, like HOLG, don’t get the ballot places in the marathon as easily as bigger organisations. So I’m really pleased to be able to run for them this year.
“I’m not a fast runner. I’ve never done it in under five hours; my first time was six hours, then I shaved off around 30- 40 minutes and did it in 5 hours 20. The main goal is to finish and to raise a good amount of money – I’d love to get to £2,000.”
You can donate to Iain’s fundraising page here https://www.sponsorme.co.uk/iainspink/iain-spink-is-running-the-tcs-london-marathon-2023.aspx