Leukaemia survivor Mark Copeman recently completed his fourth half marathon in just four weeks to raise an astonishing £24,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Here, Mark reflects on the challenge and the support he received from so many people throughout.
Our challenge is now over. 6 of us ran every race, one of us kayaked two half marathons and 10 others were involved in single races, which was no mean feat. Somehow I managed to run 4 personal bests in a row and am now fitter than I’ve been for a long time which was the icing on the cake really!
We celebrated the end of our challenge by gathering runner and supporters at the Thames Riviera Hotel in Maidenhead. It was a great night to reflect on the last few months of training and the pain of racing 52 miles across that month. Everyone had their own stories to tell and everyone had a lot of special memories. Some of us were even sad it was over!
I did stand on a chair and make a speech I’d spent most of the day writing – it was predominately to say thank you to everyone, and to award some certificates I’d even laminated myself!
I also wanted to announce a total (which is still going up)… across 242 individual donations, including gift aid, we had exceeded our target of raising £10,783.20. However, in addition, I was delighted to announce a matched donation from BP (thanks to Simon Hodgkinson – one of their employees was part of the team) of £2,783.
There were gasps from the audience.
But even better than that, Paul Johnson then stood up. He’d applied for a grant from the foundation of his company Allergan (Allergan International Foundation) and had been successful. He proudly handed over a cheque for £10,000, making our total raised so far £23,566.
Donations on the night took the total to £23,758 – which we were all thrilled with.
And so what a journey it’s been. What a lot of fond memories and most importantly, what a lot of money raised.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Let the next adventure be as fun…
To read more about the challenge, visit Mark's blog 'Life's for Living'.