Mud, rain and a whale-sized challenge – my London Marathon training so far

Back in 2013, when I was living and working for IFAW in Australia, I undertook the somewhat crazy challenge of running Sydney’s iconic ‘City2Surf’ run dressed as a blue whale!

Well that 9-mile stint doesn’t seem so crazy anymore, as this year I’m back in the UK and getting ready for an even bigger race – the gruelling 26.2 miles that is the Virgin London Marathon (although this time I’ll be foregoing the whale costume!).

My training started back in December – Christmas Eve, to be precise – and it has certainly been a challenge so far. It would be fair to say that getting up at 6am for a run along the beach in Sydney is far easier than running across muddy fields during the British winter!

Luckily I’m feeling motivated because as well as training four times a week, I have another challenge ahead of me, as I’m running as part of IFAW’s Charity Team, with the goal of raising £3,000 together with my husband Rich.

Focusing on fundraising for IFAW’s essential work to save animals all over the world has given my training a real boost. If you're thinking of running the marathon next year, I would definitely recommend doing it as part of the IFAW team.

With less than six weeks until the big day on 23rd April, I still have a little way to go with my fundraising so if you’d like to help out you can visit my page here. And if you're planning to be in London that weekend it would be great to see you showing your support in the crowd on race day!

-- SL

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Brian Sharp, Emergency Relief Officer, Stranding Coordinator
Manager, Marine Mammal Rescue and Research
Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova, Senior Advisor to the IFAW Marine Conservation
Senior Advisor to the IFAW Marine Conservation Program
Matt Collis, Director, International Policy
Director, International Policy
Patrick Ramage, Program Director, Whales
Program Director, Marine Conservation