James and I have been discussing our blog/website a lot of late, musing over topics we would like to write about, things we would like to share with on here. One of the topics we felt would make a great series is what we’re calling:
‘People in our world’
We talked about interviewing people we know, or sharing their websites, passions, skills. Those who are making waves in their own world, or people who have hidden gifts or talents. Those who work in unusual jobs or vocations. Those friends we have with big dreams they are seeing borne out into reality.
We’ll be running a series of posts on the first Wednesday of each month called ‘People in our world’. We have the first few people lined up and ready to go over the next few months, and we hope they’ll be posts that bring some joy and encouragement to you.
Andy is our brother in law, married to Suzanne’s sister, Helen.
So we thought we should kick off our series with a quick update about how Andy got on in London on 22nd April!
Andy ran his first marathon in the hottest London Marathon conditions on record. We tracked him from our sofa in North Wales (we were dog sitting their Border Terrier for the weekend!) through his running app and the marathon website using his race number. Our girls were fascinated by the technology and loved getting WhatsApp photo updates from their Auntie Helen as the family moved round London to cheer on Andy and his brother Rob, who was also running.
Andy finished the race in five hours and forty three minutes and looked amazing afterwards! After doing all of his training through the winter in the wind, rain and snow he said the heat was a bit of a shock to the system, especially when a couple of the water stations ran out! But he also said that the spectators were outstanding and there were thousands still lining the course, almost six hours after the start as he was finishing on The Mall.
It was a huge boost for Andy having his family out on the course. They moved around to a few places along the route, while tracking his progress and made sure to catch him for a motivational hug and catch up!
What an amazing story!
Andy has raised an incredible £3,500 for St Kentigern Hospice and has been blown away by the support. His fundraising page remains open for a short while, for anyone who may still wish to donate!
We’re looking forward to introducing you to more People in our World over the coming months. Please subscribe so that you don’t miss anything.