Danny’s Four Marathons for Morag

Danny Whitby is taking on the incredible challenge of running four marathons in 12 months in Memory of Morag Siller a dear friend and patron of Prevent Breast Cancer. This is his story: 

“My name is Danny Whitby. I’m 39 years old. I’m a musician.

I was working on The Wizard of Oz at The London Palladium during 2011/12. I was very happy in the job. But probably a little too happy being so close to a Ben’s Cookies, Pret,Leon, Starbucks, Cafe Nero etc and visited them daily/twice/maybe three times a day and therefore noticed my waistline expanding at a slightly rapid rate.

As my black shirts got tighter, I decided it was time to exercise. But I wasn’t sure what to do. I had never really exercised at all. I hadn’t enjoyed PE at school, I was incredibly fearful of having to join a gym, do any team sport or take my clothes off to go swimming.

So it seemed that running was the obvious choice.

I bought a cheap pair of trainers, found an old T-shirt and pair of shorts out and armed with a 6 week 0-5km plan, on 27th July 2012, I headed out to Peckham Rye Park.

I was convinced that people would point and laugh at me. They didn’t. Instead, I simply felt a huge joy. I was out doing it and I was having a great time.

I finished the 6 week plan. I lost some weight and I felt much better too.

The rest is history I guess. It’s simple. I became [a little] addicted to running. My distances got longer: I progressed to my first half marathon (Brighton) in February 2013 and to my first marathon (London) in April 2013.

And now. May 2016.

My wonderful friend Morag Siller, passed away last month. She was a beautiful woman. An incredibly talented actress, very funny and so caring to everyone who knew her. She was only 46 years old when she died. This video is incredibly moving and gives you an insight into what a brave woman she was.

I’d been thinking that I wanted to do something in memory of, and to celebrate her life. I thought back over our friendship and remembered how often Morag would tell me how proud she was that I’d stuck with the running. So it seems pretty apt that I lace up my trainers for her.

This time… 4 marathons (Oslo, Pisa, London and 1 more to be booked) in 12 months to raise money for Genesis (a charity devoted to the prediction and prevention of breast cancer) that Morag was a proud patron of.

And so this blog. I don’t know how often I’ll update it or what I’ll write really, but I thought it would be good to keep a record of this journey I’m going on.

104.8 marathon miles and approximately 2000 training miles over 12 months.

And if you’d like to sponsor me on this challenge, Genesis and me would be so grateful for your support.

Click on this JustGiving link to donate.

Thanks for reading.

Danny”

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