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Media Coverage 2002

In addition to the featured item below, I was also in the The Citizen, Tewkesbury Admag (i think!), Methodist Recorder and Dave got an item in the Somerset Standard. Also interviewed by BBC Radio Gloucestershire

DVLA Staff Magazine "Licence" - June 2002

After the inaugural Marathon in 2001, I’d not anticipated doing it again for a long time, if at all! My brother, Dave, encouraged by my entry in 2001, applied and got in through the ballot system on the first attempt! (I’d never achieved it!). He had also secured a place with Christian Aid and therefore had two places. He asked if I’d have his Christian Aid place – and after some consideration and consultation with supports from the previous year, I agreed.

Training was harder for 2002 as it was a colder winter. However, I no longer travelled with work so had more time to fit training in. The good news was, with both Dave and me running, more of the family we’re going to come and watch too! On the eve of the race I met with the
Meeting Daleep Mukarji on the eve of the 2002 London Marathon
Our expanded support group, from left - Mum, niece Lowenna, cousins Sandra and Deb, Lucas, Dave, Aunt Val, Dave's wife Lesley and sister Ange
We stayed around London and met up at London Bridge on the way to the start on race day. As we departed the train at the start, I had another live interview with BBC Radio Gloucestershire. I'd gained more publicity by having a wacky haircut again. This time, one of the staff at KCK's (now Be Hair) in Gloucester, dyed me red with two go faster stripes down the side and the Christian Aid logo on the back.

Having learnt from 2001, I had my name printed onto the front of the T-shirt I had worn in 2001! Dave had a T-shirt done for the event as he was running in aid of the Oncology Department at Bristol Children's Hospital, who had treated a girl called Grace, who had been a member of his Youth Group in Frome, Somerset prior to her death the previous year.
From behind, Lucas on left with Red hair and Christian Aid logo, Dave on right
The family spot me around mile 14
Dave and I started together - and ran pretty much together up to mile 3, when I moved in front of him and never saw him for the rest of the race. After not seeing the family in 2001, I agreed to take my mobile with me to confirm where they were and how I was doing. In addition, I had a call from my church in Tewkesbury, who wished me good luck! Again, it was great knowing I had been prayed for that morning. Dave, on the other hand, didn't have his phone. The result being the support group never saw him but saw me three times!

With the exception of a toilet stop at mile 16, I ran the entire course - passing mile 23, where I'd hit the wall and walked in 2001, chuffed that I was still running! I actually found the route a bit easier - and think the determination that I wasn't going to walk kept me going. The other added extra was having your name shouted out nearly all the way round! As I hit the last mile down Bird Cage Walk towards Buckingham Palace, the family spotted me again, which was the extra push to get me to the end
I was exceptionally pleased to cross the line eight minutes faster than a year earlier - in 4 hrs 11:19. Dave had crossed the line in an impressive 3:36:55 - when he passed me neither of us knew! We were both pleased with our times and managed to find the family and Christian Aid crew to celebrate our family's double Marathon achievement!
Dave and me after we'd finished
My second medal, this time achieved eight minutes quicker!
With a studio interview for BBC Radio Gloucestershire a week later, I was delighted to have raised in excess of £3,300 for Christian Aid – an increase on 2001, despite having run a year earlier and had my brother seeking sponsorship from many of the same people. And I certainly learnt not to make such a bold claim as never again!