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Preparation for the London Marathon – Richard Piggford

Teacher Richard Piggford, 25, from London, is taking part in this year’s London Marathon, and is hoping to raise as much as possible for PSPA.


He is running in memory of Joyce Watson, the mother of his former university lecturer Steve Watson. Joyce sadly passed away on Christmas Day 2015 after being diagnosed with PSP in 2010.  This is Richard’s London Marathon training blog:

Welcome to my first blog about how my training for London Marathon is going.

I am not going to say it’s been easy because it certainly hasn’t! Early morning starts and late night runs have become the norm.

I have become a regular checker of running websites for tips/advice on varying issues. (What to eat, what to wear, how to prevent injury etc). I have also gone follow crazy on Instagram checking other marathon runners’ training journeys! I have found this inspirational!

As the donations come into my JustGiving page I’m feeling more determined than ever!

I certainly didn’t realise there was so much to this training lark. As I slowly become more and more interested in my distance/length and split times I am taking it more and more seriously. I am running park runs on a Saturday morning and have joined a running club which has really helped.

As I write this we are 67 days from the marathon. My longest run stands at 12.5 miles (almost half way). I am running the North London half on 20 March that should give me an indication how far away I am from my four-hour finishing target!

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