posted on April 10, 2014in the Blog Category
When, in the summer of 2011, I starting training for that October’s Chicago marathon I hadn’t really given any thought to attempting to complete all 6 World Marathon Majors in the following 2 ½ years! Then however, jealousy kicked in when I saw my running friend Andy’s World Marathon Majors certificate for completing all 5 and I wanted one! Little did Andy know at the time that Tokyo would be added to make it 6 and he would have to dust off his trainers and complete another and with a new hip.
So, Autumn of 2012 saw me bag Berlin. Boston was a problem in that this is the daddy of all marathons and the endurance runners holy grail as, to enter, you have to run a qualifying time. Thankfully I achieved that QT in atrocious weather conditions at the 2012 Manchester Marathon and so the Spring of 2013 took me to Boston and the horror of the Boston bombings with horrendous consequences for those innocent victims caught in the blasts.
November 2013, New York came and went, thankfully without problems (Hurricane Sandy having caused its late cancellation the previous year) and training for Tokyo started immediately after New York. Tokyo was bagged in February and what an amazing event that was.
Now I am at the eve of journeys end and the Virgin Money London Marathon is only days away. Given a fair wind and no major problems I hope to complete my 6th and final World Marathon Major on Sunday and then claim the WMM 6 star certificate that very few people throughout the world (124 at the last count including 14 from the UK) can boast of owning.
Throughout the journey I have tried to use the challenge as a fund raising event to raise funds for a most amazing Childrens Charity, The Childrens Adventure Farm Trust, www.caft.co.uk who have to raise nearly £1m pa just to open the doors to be able to work with underprivileged and disadvantaged children. I am very pleased that, with the amazing generosity of my sponsors I have raised £10,450 via my running exploits. However, it isn’t too late to donate and donations can be made at my JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/tonycollier4caft
Watch out for the update on London next week.
Tony Collier, Managing Director