We are delighted to announce our third Dream Marathon winner, David Avery! David has won a dream Virgin Money London Marathon experience, including £100 of Adidas kit, two nights in Central London, upgrade to the Green Start and entry to Virgin Money’s after-party.
David is running the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for Starlight. He tells us why he chose the Virgin Money London Marathon and why he’s running it for Starlight.
“I have long hoped to run the London Marathon, unsuccessfully entering the ballot 6 times. 2 years ago, I was diagnosed with early onset arthritis and told by doctors my running days were behind me. I never gave up hope that I would be able to run again, and while I sought treatments, I continued to train using an ElliptiGO bicycle to maintain fitness in a non impact way. In 2014, I received a treatment called Platelet Rich Plasma which allowed me to run again.
I have been a longtime fan of the work of Starlight and as an uncle with 10 nephews and nieces, I would do anything to help them fulfill their dreams if they were ill, so I am thrilled to dedicate my training by, and celebrate my recovery to, raising funds for the wonderful work of Starlight.
I began training in earnest in November, balancing my running and ElliptiGO training with yoga and muscle strengthening exercises. On January 10th, I completed my first half marathon since treatment in a time comparable to before my injury! I have 2 more half marathons and an ultra on the schedule prior to London so I will be well prepared. The training schedule is difficult, and with work and short winter days, I do miss the opportunity to spend more time with my friends socializing and dining out, but I have their full support and encouragement to ensure I achieve the best time I can in April.
On race day, I will utilize my base training, focus on the goal of enjoying the course, and celebrating the fact that not only did I not give up hope of running, but by running I will have raised valuable funds to give countless others hope for their dreams. ”