Garry Preston running for CLCRF

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Raised by 27 people in 7 months
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I have set myself the challenge of taking part in this year's New York Marathon on the 5th of November.

In doing so I hope to gain support and sponsorship to raise funds for and knowledge of the Childrens Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation.

I've been training since March having been'fortunate' (?) to have been succesful in the ballot to take part in this year's run (only one in three applicants are) ...13 years on from taking part in the London Marathon and saying "Never again!".
I realise and you may also be thinking that it would have been a lot easier to have entered the City to Surf Marathon here in Perth however, it would have then been even easier for me to change my mind.. having booked and paid for my flights and accomodation in New York there is simply no going back!

I have quickly realised my legs aren't as young as they used to be and that the only way I'll get through it this time is through a great deal of hard work, dedication and mental toughness.  
Your financial backing in the form of sponsorship will ensure I have a strong breeze pushing me along the way... or a chain around my ankle dragging me on!

I couldn't possibly do justice in trying to explain the great work this amazing charity is doing in helping children and families; instead see for yourself by visiting their website -


Thank you once again.


*please note, to be absolutely clear, just in case there is any doubt: every penny/cent will be going to CLCRF. I will be covering all my own costs myself.

The charity logo and link to their website is used with their knowledge and permission.
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Received with thanks to you all...
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Well, all done and dusted!
A lot of the people who have donated are either family, friends or colleagues and are aware how the trip to New York and the marathon went however there are some who have kindly donated that may not.

The treck accross the globe was in itself quite arduous but a lot more bearable knowing I had 2 weeks in NY to look forward to and the anticipation of running the marathon made up for it.
I managed to experience the sights and sounds of NY and recover from the flight well in time for 'race day' although in getting in some sightseeing I actually walked (according to my phone) about 12 miles each day in the week before which wasn't exactly part of the plan!

I was well prepared for the day itself - my journey to the start set out, all my run kit and after kit neatly organised the day before, so that nothing could go wrong.. except it did!
The clocks went back an hour in New York the night before the marathon. My management of that was to re-set the time on my phone (and my alarm clock) before getting an early night's sleep... again all part of my preparation.
Unfortunately during my slumber, my phone decided to correct itself which somehow meant that it was actually an hour slow when I woke. I was completely oblivious to this until I got to the train station (I thought on time and to plan) when I saw the time displayed. .. resulting in a mad panic to reach the start on time. I had quite a treck to get to the start; a 40 minute train journey then a ferry accross to Staten Island. Rather than being there well in time and relaxed and ready to go, I arrived in a crazy rush and had to run at least a mile to the start just as the gun sounded. For a while I convinced myself I wasn't actually going to get there and the whole day was going to be an unimaginable disaster so getting there was in the end pure relief.
The marathon itself though was an experience I'll never forget; for all the right reasons.
The people of New York turned out in style accros the whole route and their encouragement was simply amazing. They weren't put off by the rain that fell throughout; shouting high-fiving, played music and willing every one of the 50,000 runners along.
Leading up to the big day I had moderated my hope of finishing within 4 hours and 30 minutes to being happy just to reach the finish line still on 2 feet.
The crowds that turned out I have no doubt, however contributed hugely to me smashing my target time and my official finish time was 4 hrs 24 minutes... which doesn't account for the 5 minute queue for the loo about half way through.

Having crossed the finish line absolutely elated, as time passed as I made my way to collect my (DRY!) after-race kit a'niggle' I felt in my left ankle from about the 20 mile point gradually turned into an unbearable pain and having seen my obvious discomfort one of the volunteers on duty led away to the medical tent. After an examination it was thought I may have broken the ankle and I was issued with a set of crutches and advised to attend a medical centre for x-rays.
Thankfully fears were allayed the day after and I was told it was just a case of my ankle being
over-worked and swollen.
Over the next few days as the aches and pains to my body eased, a chest cold developed and by the time came for me to fly back to Perth I was feeling quite unwell and rather sorry for myself... so the 30 hr journey was a great deal more arduous than the trip to NY.

It was still all worth it though and the main thing is that with your support a grand total of $915 has been raised to pass on to Children's Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation. I'll be contacting the charity next week to get the money to them.
Thank you all once again for your amazing support, encouragement and best wishes.
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So, my journey begins. . Work is over, and out of office reply is on.. now
just the matter of a 28 hr trip across the world to deal with!
Thankfully my training has progressed without too many issues... quite gruelling at times but the only real pain has been feet full of blisters, really.

Many thanks to everyone who has donated and supported me so far... as well as the amount shown on here I also have $225 given to me directly and from sales of some rather delicious cupcakes at work courtesy of Wendy Ashcroft ☺ bringing the total up to $770.
I'd be over the moon if I can at least reach that magic $1000 figure to pass on to the amazing people at CLCRF. The work they are doing is so important for children suffering these awful illnesses. .. so no apologies given for pestering those who haven't yet donated just yet.
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Perth City to Surf half marathon went well today.
My hope was to finish in less than 2hrs and the time on the clock when I finished was 1hr 59. Given it took me a few minutes to reach the start line I'm expecting my actual time to have been around 1hr 55.
No niggles or strains afterwards though, which is the main thing.

My target for the marathon is 4hrs 30 so that seems achievable (although just finishing will do just fine!)

Thanks for your support, it really is a strong motivator.
a bit of race prep - City to Surf 21km
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