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London - Sunday, 25th April, 2010
London - Sunday, 17th April, 2011

Knackered but happy! That sounds familiar!Monday, April 18th, 2011 Time:07.56

One year on, an MRI scan and a little keyhole sugery on the badly torn cartilage in my left knee (not even down to the running it turns out!) and............

Runner number 23033, despite a bit of a cold to slow me down, completes the Virigin London Marathon in a time of four hours, forty four minutes and eight seconds (and a not too shabby 2:03:38 at the half-way point).

Thanks to all that sponsored me in 2010. My place was through the marathon ballot system rather than a charity place, so I decided to raise some money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity as they were the wonderful people that gave my mother such brilliant care in her last days. The charity received £559.98 from the donations in 2010 and at least £410.00 in 2011 for a total of £969.98 (as of Sunday, May 1st, 2011). Brilliant! Thank you all.

Virgin Money GivingIf you would like to make a donation to the charity, I've managed to reactivate my Virgin Money Giving page for the next month or two.

Anything is appreciated, be it a even a quid or two. Please remember to use the "Gift Aid" option as well as the charity gets to claw back some extra cash from the tax-man and it won't cost you any extra.

Saturday, April 24th, 2010 Time:15.24
Really Bad News: I injured my knee during the week and had hoped it would get better in time for the race. However if hasn't and with great regret I have had to pull out of this years race. I had been training for this for months and if there was any way I thought I could have made it around the course I would have run, but I don't think I would have made six miles let alone twenty six. I'd even collected my running number, etc. which I have sent back this afternoon to get a place for next year's marathon and I WILL RUN THEN! I am so sorry to you all.

No, this is not an April 1st gag. I really was going to be taking part in the Virgin London marathon in 2010.

History: Not a lot of people knew that It had always been one of my lifelong ambitions to run the London marathon. In fact way back in 1995 I had a place to run, but managed to smash the two bones in my big toe into sixteen bits when the staging landed on my foot at Transylvania '94. You may remember me walking with a limp all day if you were there, now you know why. Steph and I then started our family (I don't think the two events were connected!) and after our kids arrived I decided to have another go at getting a place to run. After five years of rejects in the ballot I finally get to try and fulfill my ambition in 2010, just as Virgin take over the sponsorship of the event. Fate or what?

As I already have a place through the ballot I thought I would also try and support a charity that is close to my family - The Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign. I have set up a Virgin Money Giving page for donations. Anything you can donate, from one pound to a million would be appreciated as every penny counts and I'll be thinking of your kind support as I run the 26.2 miles of the course.

A huge thank-you to those that have kindly donated to the charity so far:
Gavin Jack. Ros Monteath, Anonymous (you know who you are!), Rob Bagnall, Emma, Shaun & Abi, KevMc, Claire, Caroline Ellis, Sally & Kev, Babs, Phil Barden, Sandy & Norman, Caroline & Mal, Anonymous (2) (you know who you are too!), Marilyn, Peter, Colin Freeman, Caroline Baruah, John Angliss, Steve Moore, Heather Barnett, Steve Martin, Silke Lange, Daz & Craig, Helen & Max & Little Max, Tony, Ulrike, Shani (Monteray), and Krissi Johnson (Monteray).

Please pass the url of this page www.timewarp.org.uk/runtwwrun.htm onto as many people as you can and let them know how mad I must be (and tell them to give me a couple of quid for the charity while you're there).

A couple of days to go!

Love from the UKDave(TimeWarpWebmaster)

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