Christopher makes a marathon effort for Martin House
Redrow senior designer Christopher Peatfield is planning on success after securing a coveted place in next year’s Virgin Money London Marathon.
It’s a lifelong ambition for the 29-year-old from Wakefield to run in the world-famous endurance test and he is delighted to get a place after five failed applications.
Christopher has finally got his name on a number after being awarded one of five ‘Golden Bond’ places by Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People in Boston Spa, for whom he is going to compete on April 22, 2018.
And he says: “I am absolutely delighted. I ran my first marathon in Manchester last year but ever since I started running I have wanted to do the London Marathon. It’s an honour to be chosen by such a superb charity and I really hope that I will do them proud.
“It’s the most famous and biggest marathon, and you get to run past some of the capital’s amazing buildings and monuments. I just hope I’m able to take in some of the superb scenery and not just focus on the miles of tarmac ahead of me!”
Christopher, who lives in a Redrow property at Windsor Park, in Newton Hill, started running seven years ago after vowing to get fitter and healthier once he had finished university.
“I do a bit of swimming, as well as cycling, spinning and going to the gym, but it’s the running I really love,” says Christopher. “I like being outside where I can get some fresh air and, of course, it’s a great way of listening to a new album. I just plug my earphones in and go.
“I haven’t started working properly on my training programme yet but I already run twice a week and I can comfortably complete a half-marathon at weekends. I am planning to start increasing my distance with the aim of achieving perhaps 22 miles before I actually do the full 26.2 miles for the event itself.
“As for time, I just want to do my best but more important than that will be raising as much money as I possibly can for Martin House Children’s Hospice. The hospice asks its runners to raise a minimum of £1,500, but I’m told in the past they have raised an average of £2,500 each.”
In his application to Martin House for one of its prized Golden Bond places, Christopher accepted that he had ‘no special story’ or family link to the hospice, which this year has been celebrating its 30th anniversary.
But he adds: “Martin House is Redrow’s chosen charity, we support it as a company and you get to become quite close and committed to it. It puts more pressure on me because I am representing the company as well as the charity – but it’s a good pressure.
“I am really excited, ecstatic even, about realising my ambition to run in the London Marathon and raising money for such an amazing charity. I am already organising a number of events before the run to increase any money I can make for them.”
Christopher’s employer, Redrow Homes, has supported Martin House for several years and, has raised over £50,000 in the last two years alone.
Ellie Barker, senior events fundraiser for Martin House, says it was inundated with requests for one of its Golden Bond places, which are given to the charity so people can take part on their behalf, but says that Christopher was way ahead of the pack.
“There are many things we take into account when we are going through the applications from why people want to do it, their training plans and any connection with Martin House. In Christopher’s case, above everything, his enthusiasm leapt out at us and we realised he would be a great asset to Team Martin House.
“It is a huge challenge but other people have taken part in the Marathon previously for us so we can offer help and advice and we are already planning to get the runners together – we have five Golden Bond runners and four others competing for us after winning their own place in the ballot - so that they can build a relationship and encourage one another.”
Last year those competing raised £26,000 giving a massive boost for the charity which provides care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions – and their families - from across West, North and East Yorkshire at its hospice, in hospitals and in their own homes.
Anyone wishing to support Christopher in his fundraising efforts can do so here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/christopher-peatfield
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