A Burnham man is hard in training for the Virgin London Marathon on 25 April for the blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. David Daniel has given up smoking and is training five times a week to take on the 26.2-mile challenge – his first ever marathon.
David, 46, said: "I've given up smoking which is always a good start and the generosity of people sponsoring me has really spurred me on and kept me going. The training has been the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. I'm getting lots of minor niggles, aches and pains because my body has never been through anything like this before."
"I'm really looking forward to the day now, especially getting to that finish line and knowing I'll never have to go on a monster training run again! The time I do it in is irrelevant to me. I just want to complete it – whether it's by running over the finish line, walking over it or crossing it with a torch because I've taken so long that it's got dark!"
David is UK Sales Manager of the Burnham-based celebrity speaking company CSA. Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research are CSA's charity partner and the company is aiming to raise £50,000 by the end of 2010 to help celebrate the charity's 50th anniversary. When the opportunity came up to run the London Marathon for the charity, David jumped at the chance.
"The more people that are aware that help is needed in finding cures and treatments for blood cancers, the better it is," he said. "Anything that raises money and the profile of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is going in the right direction."
David will be running as a member of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research's 'Banana Army' running team sponsored by TVTimes and Adidas. Celebrities including Emmerdale's Tony Audenshaw and Vicky Binns regularly run with the Banana Army and will be turning out for the Virgin London Marathon to help raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
You can support David by visiting his fundraising website at www.justgiving.com/David-Daniel
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research was previously known as Leukaemia Research. The charity, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2010, has changed its name to raise awareness of its longstanding commitment to research into all the blood cancers, including lymphoma and myeloma – not just leukaemia.