Thomas Preston
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Fundraiser of the month: March - Peter Cusick, Bath Half Marathon

Thomas Preston
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Thomas Preston
30 Mar 2011

Peter Cusick had done the Bath Half Marathon several times but in recent years decided to take a break. The last time he did it  he ran it in 1 hour 19 minutes. It was a huge achievement to break 80mins and took a lot of mental determination. He didn’t really have any motivation to do the half marathon distance again after that and started doing longer runs culminating in the Grand Union Canal Race in 2010 which is 145miles (Birmingham to London). He came 16th in 36hrs which to him was a little disappointing - he had to walk the last 20miles (with a stress fracture!). 

Peter had no plans to do the Bath half this year until a good friend of his was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma just before Christmas. He wanted to do something to show his support and came up with the idea of running the Bath half marathon for a cancer charity. He initially looked on the list of race approved charities and could not believe it when he saw that there was a Leukaemia and Lymphoma charity specifically mentioned on the list.

He followed the website and then got another surprise. He had done quite a few of the big events such as London marathon etc and obviously seen members of the Banana Army but he had no idea what it was all about. Peter commented that "It’s incredible that these things can be right on front of your eyes but until you actually have a personal involvement it does not really register."

He then spoke to his friend, who was happy with the idea (indeed touched) and then contacted us. Someone at Peter's work had suggested doing it in a banana suit. He thought that would help with the donations as (because he is a known as a runner) with him doing a half marathon was not really anything that unusual or demanding by itself!

The JustGiving page was easy to set up and Peter is delighted to have raised £1,650 so far including gift aid. Now all he needs to do is to run 13.1 miles in a banana suit!

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