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Living the dream

Living the dream

Ian Drinkwater, the Managing Director of Applelec, completed this year’s London Marathon to raise over £4000 for Barnardo’s, and in so doing, fulfilled a lifetime ambition.

The race, which took place at the end of April and featured 36,000 runners, marked the culmination of Ian’s long-held dream to participate,which began when he watched the inaugural race on television in 1981.

The approach of a significant birthday, coupled with the desire to raise money for a charity that means a lot to Ian and his family provided the final motivation he needed.

He explained: “Barnardo’s helps to transform the lives of the most vulnerable children across the UK and believes that all children deserve a chance to reach their full potential, so I really wanted to do something that would help them to continue with the incredible work that they do.”

In preparation for the 26.2 mile run, Ian devised an intensive training plan involving long distance running three times a week, which began last December and saw him covering over 400 miles during the run-up to the race. It was certainly a regime that paid off, as Ian reached the halfway mark in just over two hours and finished the marathon with an impressive final time of four hours, 36 minutes and 53 seconds!

Summarising the whole experience Ian said: “I loved the whole thing, from the atmosphere generated by the other runners and the crowds who came to cheer us on to the sense of achievement when crossing the finishing line. The money raised will contribute towards Barnardo’son-going work and I would like to thank everyone who kindly donated and showed their support.”

Following the race, Ian attended a celebration party hosted by Barnardo, where the runners were welcomed with a standing ovation plus a well deserved, and much needed complimentary massage!

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