It’s now almost two months since I announced I would be running in this year’s London Marathon and since then time has flown. My evenings and weekends have been dedicated to marathon training, and having completed my last run on Thursday I’ve tallied up a total of over 300 miles! I’m pleased to report, thanks to people's huge generosity, over £14,000 has been raised for the Dispossessed Fund so far. You can read a brilliant piece from yesterday's Evening Standard all about where all the money raised goes here. You can see some of the highlights over the last two months here.
The support from you and other local residents throughout the last two months has been amazing, and has really helped keep me motivated. On Tuesday, members of the local community organised a pre-marathon celebration to wish me luck in advance of the race and I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along. It was great to be surrounded by my friends, neighbours and local community groups, and to have their support. I must also thank those who couldn’t make it but sent their best wishes for Sunday.
I’ve really enjoyed receiving all of your marathon tips, ranging from not starting the race too fast and not saying yes to every jelly bean offered on the route. I’ve even been getting tips from the very best; none other than marathon legend Haile Gebrselassie, who I met earlier this week when I collected my marathon number.
Planning to come and watch on the day?
The London Marathon is the best marathon in the world, and provides an annual opportunity to celebrate that community spirit we showed during the Olympics. If you are planning to watch, please do look out for me and cheer me on. I know when I hit the last few miles, a friendly face and a shout of support from the crowd will help keep me going towards the finish line. To help you spot me, I’ll be running in this shirt and my marathon number is 26730. I will (of course) also be running on the left. ‘Team Khan’ will be taking over my Twitter for the duration of the race, and so you can follow my progress on Twitter too @SadiqKhan and on the #YesWeKhan hashtag.
There are lots of local runners you can support, such as Councillor Ben Johnson who is running for our very own St George’s Hospital, local resident Bethan Moore who is running for Marie Curie Cancer Care, and Burntwood teacher Dr Richard Hoskins who is running for PAPYRUS. Go Team Tooting! If you know someone local who is running, please tell them to get in touch.
Until after the marathon!
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