Eddie – My Fundraising Story

Eddie is taking on the London Marathon 2018 as part of Team CP Sport. Eddie has taken time out of his training to share his story on why he is embarking on this challenge and supporting cerebral Palsy Sport. Here is his story:

“Growing up, The London Marathon has always been something that I have wanted to take part in and from living in South London it was always a fun day out to go and watch the Elite and various fancy dress competitors slugging round the 26.2 Miles. I have competed in various other sporting events such as The London Triathlon, Royal Parks Half and numerous 10km races, but this year I wanted to challenge myself and step up to do a full marathon.

I chose to run for Cerebral Palsy Sport as I have had friends and family suffering from Cerebral Palsy in the past, and it is therefore an illness close to my heart. Cerebral Palsy Sport is an amazing charity which does incredible work throughout the sporting community. I was lucky enough to be able to participate in sport throughout my childhood and I believe it really developed me as a person and helped make me the man I am today. Sport, and physical activity is key in improving the quality of life and I admire their aim to raise aspirations and promote inclusion for people suffering with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

The training is going okay, although as the mileage is stepping up I am getting a few aches and pains in my joints. My shins will be a particular area which I will need to nurse throughout my training as I have been susceptible to shin splints in the past. With 2 and a half months to go I think I am on track with my training plan and I am looking to take part in a Half Marathon in early March to assess my progress in a competitive race.

As this is my first marathon, the primary aim is simply to get round, however, the competitive sportsman in me is aiming for sub 4 hours. This, however, is highly dependent on the outcome of my remaining training and of course hitting the start line come April with my body injury free.

The biggest highlight for me will be seeing my friends and family supporting me along the various parts of the course. It is a great day out and I will need all the support I can get come April. The feeling of crossing the line I imagine will be like nothing else and I cannot wait to have a celebratory beer with my medal around my neck.”

If you wish to support Eddie’s Marathon efforts – his fundraising page is:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EddieTurner

Eddie Turner

Thank you Eddie for supporting Cerebral Palsy Sport and helping to make a difference!