‘This will be a world leading facility in Norfolk’ Why I’m running the London Marathon for the Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal

David Powles running the half marathon at Holkham. Picture: Ian Burt

David Powles running the half marathon at Holkham. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

EDP and Norwich Evening News editor David Powles on why he's running the 2020 London Marathon to raise funds for the Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal.

Running a marathon is not something I could easily imagine myself doing for fun.

Half marathons, 10kms, 5kms - yes all of those distances I enjoy, but in order to go that one step further there needs to be a bigger carrot at the end of the line.

That's why I have decided to try to raise £2,000 for the Priscilla Bacon appeal by taking part in the 2020 event.

But why run it at all?

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To use the sort of cliché an actual professional sportsperson might trot out 'I have a bit of unfinished business as far as the London Marathon is concerned'.

I ran it for the first time back in 2014 but, like so many others before me, endured a bit of a tough time.

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In the lead up to the big day all had been going well. My target had been met and a 24-mile run a few weeks earlier suggested I could be on track for a time of around 3 hours 30 minutes. I'd take that, I thought.

But then in the two weeks beforehand everything seemed to unravel. I moved house, which made me exhausted both physically and mentally, got a cold and struggled with the pre-race tapering.

Then on the day before I made the big mistake of going to visit friends in London, walking most of the day and feeling tired when I woke up - and that was before the small matter of a 26.2 mile run on what was a very warm day.

Up to mile 19 all was going well, and then cramp took hold. First in my right hamstring, then my left and then bizarrely in both arms!

I struggled on, but the last seven miles seemed like a lifetime and by the time I crossed the finish line a mixture of exhaustion and disappointment led to floods of tears on what was a surprisingly emotionally charged day. At the time I vowed never to do it again. But as any runner knows, once the pain and disappointment has gone - there's always the next race to sort.

And when the Priscilla Bacon appeal was launched and we decided to formally get behind it - now seemed like the ideal time.

This is an appeal I wholeheartedly believe needs to succeed. Extra hospice care in Norfolk is massively needed. The current services are struggling to cope - even though those that work within them do a sterling job.

Once opened this will be a world leading facility in the heart of Norfolk. I do hope you can support it.

Read more about the appeal here.

To sponsor me log onto uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidPowles1

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