Guest Blog – I’m running the London Marathon

As we get closer to the 2011 Virgin London Marathon we’ll be sharing a series of guest blogs from Virgin Money Giving fundraisers. The first is from Paula Hamill who regularly blogs about her marathon training at littlemissmileage.blogspot.com.

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Heart Research UKOn  Sunday 17 April 2011, I’m running the London Marathon on behalf of Leeds-based charity Heart Research UK.

Had someone told me – a year, 18 months ago – that’d I’d be joining 35,000 or so people to run 26 miles through the capital, I’d have laughed and heartily disagreed.

But, here I am, almost by accident, running the London Marathon.

How did that happen?

The story starts almost four years ago when I gave up smoking and began running in a regular but, truth be told, desultory fashion in an effort to combat the post-smoking weight gain. I was amazed to discover that I actually rather enjoyed it. So, I ran as part of a marathon relay team – we ran about five miles each – and completed a six mile Race for Life. I was hooked.

Then, when contemplating the big four-oh at the end of 2009, I drew up a little list of things I wanted to achieve at the grand old age of 40. Running a half-marathon seemed like a really good idea. So, I trained and, in the end, actually ran three – all around the two hour mark.

Paula HamillThen, in Spring 2010, I was lucky enough to meet my running buddy. After quite a long injury-break, she was keen to get back into running and wanted someone to cajole / encourage / bully her into training for the London Marathon 2011. She is running for the mental health charity, Mind.

Having worked hard with her, running a marathon seemed like a fantastic goal for me. So, when a place running for HRUK came up, I jumped at the chance.

It’s not yet 12 months since my almost-brother-in-law underwent life-saving, life-changing heart surgery – and he now cycles at least 100 miles a week. So, I’m thrilled to have got a last minute place running for HRUK – it seems really fitting.

The fundraising is going well – a huge thank you to everyone who is supporting me – and I’m staggering towards the miles-on-legs target. I’m up to 40 a week and have a 20-mile race on Sunday which will be a real milestone.

If you would like to read more about my knee-crunchingly foot-sore progress over the next few weeks, please have a look my blog, Little Miss Mileage’s Marathon Musings.

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If you’re blogging about your fundraising and would like to be a guest blogger email mystory@virginmoneygiving.com.

2 Responses to “Guest Blog – I’m running the London Marathon”


  1. 1 AJ the Muay Thai Gear Girl July 13, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Great job Paula! I was astounded by my enjoyment of running also. I have yet to race marathon style, but may put this on my 30 year list as you did for 40. I ran across this blog while sifting for info about London as I will be relocating this fall. Maybe we will cross paths in London’s next marathon. Great luck in your pursuits

  2. 2 Jake Carlyle November 20, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I’m running the London marathon next year. Your story was very inspiring. Hope you have continued to run since this was a couple of years ago.


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