Team Starfish ready for the London Marathon

The countdown to the London Marathon is on and our runners have been busy training and fundraising in preparation for the 26.2 miles on 24th April.

Preparing for a marathon can be a daunting task. At the Family Holiday Association, we keep in contact with our Team Starfish runners with regular training tips, updates from the charity, feedback from the runners on their own progress and information on how their fundraising is making a difference to the lives of struggling families.

With the 2016 London Marathon fast approaching, here is some feedback from three of our Team Starfish runners about how they’re getting on.

Louise trainingRunning with a group is a popular way to train as Louise has discovered:

“This is my second marathon (I did the Brighton Marathon last year) and despite saying I would never do one again…. Here I am! This year I have really dedicated myself to the training and joined a running club in North London. This has massively helped my running times and fitness and so far my longest run is 18.5 miles.” Louise Dwyer

Another great way to build up to the marathon is to take part in shorter organised runs, Claire has found that these act as a goal:

Claire Ashby“The Four Trigs (a locally feared 25k off-road run) is not for the faint-hearted. With 4000 feet of climb taking in four trig points and some spectacular mud, this off-road run is a legendary part of the local running calendar.

After an initial slog up to the first trig point, the route tracks inland through woods, streams and boggy fields, over two more trig points until you reach the coast again, 200m above the sea below. It is just a few miles from here back to the finish in Sidmouth but by this point only the fittest are still smiling. Great preparation for the mental strength needed to complete a marathon!” Claire Ashby

Adam trainingEach runner has a target of raising £1,400 and over the years we have seen excellent ways in which people have reached this target, like Adam:

“I’m really happy with my fund raising total so far. Social media has been great for pestering people for sponsorship and my work colleagues have been fabulous. In the office we have had 3 bake sales with slices from 1 carrot cake going for a total of £112.50!” Adam Wild

We’d like to wish good luck to all our Team Starfish runners for the London Marathon. We’ll be there on the day to cheer everyone on and will meet those who come along to our annual post-race Pasta Party. Exclusively for our runners and their supporters, this is our way of thanking the team for all their fantastic work over the last few months and they can enjoy a free massage from a professional therapist for their aching muscles.

If you’re interested in signing up for the 2017 London Marathon, please email our Events Manager, Michelle, at .