Marcus has been a regular supporter of Prevent Breast Cancer for many years, and recently took on the Great Manchester Run.
We asked Marcus what motivated him to take on this challenge, and how he found the experience.
What made you want to fundraise for Prevent Breast Cancer?
Lester Barr was my wife’s surgeon and he looked after her brilliantly and made such a difference to us. I’ve supported the charity for a while, but when I was persuaded to enter the Great Manchester Run10K by my brother, and Prevent Breast Cancer seemed like the perfect charity to fundraise for.
How did you find the training?
I was very unfit (hence my brother telling me to sort myself out!) so I used the NHS Couch to 5K app to begin with, which was amazing, and got me running decent distances really quickly, then I switched to a longer running programme to get me ready for the 10K. I didn’t leave enough time to follow the entire programme, so was quite nervous in the week before the run as I had never actually run a full 10K, but it worked out on the day!
How did you find the fundraising?
I was humbled by the generosity of the people I work with and friends and family. I think the novelty of me asking for money for a run helped – people guessed this was a one off. But also people wanted to help this great cause because it’s a disease that touches so many people’s lives.
What was the event day like?
Magic. The atmosphere was amazing, particularly after the terrible event earlier in the week. There was a real sense of support and a city coming together.
What is your advice for others who are thinking of signing up to a challenge event?
Make sure you’ve got time to get in shape, and allow time to rest just before the event to allow any injuries to heal and build your strength. Try something that’s going to push you and people will recognise that when you’re asking for donations.