Sunday, 13 April 2014

So proud....




Why?   Our son Jonathan ran in the London Marathon today and completed it in 4hrs 17mins raising nearly £5,000 for his chosen charity which he explains in the testament he wrote for his fundraising page -which I thought you might like to read. (Ive taken out the links to his fundraising - this wasn't the object of this post)

"Hi All

Many thanks for vistitng this page.

Running the London Marathon has long been a challenge I have thought about undertaking. I am privileged to be running for Action for A-T. This Charity was set up by my colleague Toby Read in order to help his daughter Evie and others suffering from this degenerative childhood disease. http://www.actionforat.org

Toby and his family have done a truly incredible job with the charity to date and if I can do my small part in making some form of contribution then I will feel I have accomplished a great deal.

Training really started last year when I ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October (..when you finish the half it is almost incomprehensible that you then have to run another half in the full Marathon).

I am now up to 19 miles in training and with your help and sponsorship behind me this will quite literally push me over the finish line. At times you do question getting up 6.30am on a Sunday to run 16 or 17 miles in the wet and wind (and my word it has been wet and windy this winter). However when you are out running the streets and you think you are at your lowest ebb, you only need a moment to think why you are doing this and your pace gets faster, your legs feel lighter as you realise you actually have a chance of contributing to Toby's Charity and ultimately the quality of Evie's life "


I know I'm biased, and thousands do this all the time - but I AM his mum after all!! A fabulous day that will remain in our memory bank forever.

Oh, and I was just about to wrap up when Jonny sent me this that a friend sent him - and oh so true.


I really am going now. See you all soon.

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23 comments:

  1. Well done to your son for starting and finishing the marathon (as the quotes on your picture say!) and for raising so much money, I hope that it will be of great use to his chosen charity. Congratulations to him! xx

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  2. I'm so impressed with your son. You have every reason to be proud.

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  3. Congratulations, you have raised a fine young man (and a very good looking one, too). That is a lot of money for one guy to raise! Well done!

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  4. Congratulations to him for entereing and finishing the marathon and for all the ffort he's put in.

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  5. Congratulations & you have every right to be very, very proud of him

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  6. Well done. What an achievement! xx

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  7. Well done my man. I couldn't walk a marathon let alone run one.

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  8. No wonder you are a proud Mum! Well done to your son for completing the marathon and raising so much money for such a worthwhile cause:)

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  9. Hello Patricia,

    Of course you are proud and justifiably so. This is no mean achievement and a very respectable time too.

    It is so important to do things in life which one feels passionate about. Actions do count and, in the case of charity organisations, they do need and make good use of every penny that comes their way. Wonderful that your son has done his best and made a contribution. Bravo!

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  10. What a great feat your son has done. He has made a wonderful contribution to the charity.
    You must be so proud Patricia..
    A great achievement.
    much love val xxx

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  11. Congrats to your son for completing the marathon! He must be so pleased to have raised all that money for his friend's charity. You deserve to be a proud mom!

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  12. Congratulations to you son for taking up the challenge and all the training and completing it and raising so much money. My son ran a half marathon a few years ago and I was very proud of him so I know how you feel! Sarah x

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  13. Anyone who can run that far has my admiration and doing it for charity makes it all the more worthwhile - I can understand your pride in this fine young man.

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  14. What a wonderful achievement! Congratulations to your son for all his hard work training through the winter and completing the marathon. His contribution will make a difference. I'm not surprised you are proud of him!
    Betty ox

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  15. Well done your son, Patricia. A great achievement and you are right to be proud of him.

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  16. Well done to your son - you are right to feel proud. I felt proud when I watched on Sunday morning knowing that my son-in-law had run it in 2011. He's now run 3 marathons - Blackpool, London and Edinburgh, along with several half-marathons. He has also done a Tough Mudder event for charity, and is signed up for another one this year - along with my daughter, my husband, and some friends. I'm certain he'd agree about it being another form of insanity - or maybe an addiction!

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  17. Congrats to your son, that's a truly great achievement and you have every right to be a proud mama.
    xx

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  18. Well done to your son, a fantastic achievement. Tony used to run marathons and although they were tough he loved it. Sadly he hurt his hip and cant run far now but he loves to watch the London marathon on TV.

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  19. I've seen this marathon on London TV and it was stunning, Patricia. Thousand of people were running in London streets. I agree this day you will remember all your life, well done, Johny!

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  20. Oh Patricia
    Congratulations to your son and how proud you must be. What an achievement and one to remember. Well done to your son.
    Have a lovely Easter with your family.

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  21. Patricia, you have every reason to be proud. Well done to your son.
    wishing you and your family and Happy Easter

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  22. Hi Patricia. You have every right to be proud of your boy. I'm proud of him, just reading this :)
    Connie :)

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  23. No wonder you are proud of your son - not only is to finishing a marathon an achievement in itself but raising so much for a worthwhile cause is an even greater achievement. Well done Jonathan!

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