Marks Marathon 2022 – Blog

Mark Thorpe applied and was successful in securing the place we had available for the London Marathon 2022. You can read more about his story and donate to his fundraising pledge here: Marks Marathon 2022

Mark is writing a blog to document his journey, his first two are available below! Check back here to see a monthly update about his progress and training.

4th February 2022

Dear reader first of all I must thank everyone for the tremendous support so far.

It has really made a difference on these dark and cold mornings. There is a saying that it’s a marathon not a sprint and when it comes to training that’s certainly the case. I’m much more at home running shorter distances so it’s a case of slowly building up my miles towards some longer runs through the warmer months.

Through January the hardest thing is lacing up the running shoes and getting out there. I’ve been running a mixture of mornings and evenings. I’m not sure which works best for me yet!

Later in the year it would be great if maybe a few of you might like to join me for a few miles on a Sunday along Marriott’s way.

The main thing at the moment Is to stay injury free and carry on fundraising. Recent national headlines once again show the real need for the work of the trust.

I look forward to giving you another update next month. Best wishes Mark.

9th March 2022

First of all many thanks to all those who have donated so far. Its massively appreciated and helps keep me motivated to train.

It seems a long way until October but the weeks roll by fast and you can soon find you have missed a bit of training. Such was the case last month when on holiday for my honeymoon which for various reasons turned out to be before the wedding. I was very lucky to go to St Lucia for two weeks. It is a beautiful Island, but as I found out not the best place for running, as it only has one main road. The first day was fine I found a good route as the sun rose I was pretty pleased with myself.

The next day I turned in the opposite direction, oh my it had hills that wouldn’t be out of place in the Alps. I got about three miles and discovered that I was at the top of the island and indeed the road basically stopped at a roundabout. Ironically as there were bad storms at home, I managed to get caught in a torrential tropical downpour and whilst running back I missed the entrance to the hotel. I have to admit that the rest of the holiday was spent mostly on the treadmill in the mornings.

So Monday I got married which was fantastic and this evening (Wednesday) I’ve properly resumed training . I look forward to giving you another update next month, after some serious calorie burning.

Thanks for reading – Mark.

19th April 2022

After arriving back in the UK to miserable weather and getting married. I decided it was time to really push on with my training for London. To be completely honest it’s been a roller coaster this month running wise. I’m kind of feeling in a state of limbo before really embarking on some more structured training in early May.  

It’s often the case to feel quite daunted about the prospect of all those miles through the hot summer months. I’ve slowly picked up my mileage again after the excess of holiday. As usual I’ve been moaning about little niggles here and there. That’s pretty standard behaviour from most runners I’ve yet to meet one who feels a 100% on a race start line. As the weeks tick away though I’m starting to feel excited about representing Sue Lambert Trust on the biggest road running stage of them all. 

19th May 2022

 So another month has passed and I’ve actually been really busy training.

The months through late Spring and Summer are always really hectic if you enjoy races. Not only are there the traditional Sunday races but often shorter ones to run midweek evenings. Throw in the fact that we also have the county track championships the second weekend of May as well, I’ve definitely been keeping busy.

I’ve probably run far too many but with Amberley (my wife) fairly new to running and really enjoying the race day camaraderie we have both been busy. Two 10km races, three 5 mile midweek races and last but not least I ran the 200m and 400m at the county championships taking gold in my age group.

The really serious focused training starts in three weeks time with a sixteen week plan to get me to the start line in one piece fingers crossed. 

I’ve also been busy thinking about ideas to support my fundraising for the upcoming marathon and plan to host a couch to 5k running course hopefully starting in June so I’ll update you on that in my next blog too.

Thanks to everyone so far for you support, well wishes, donations and for following me on my journey to running the London Marathon.