London Marathon - support John Atkins

| 13.03.2018

John AtkinsJohn is running the London Marathon for BSA on 22nd April. He has raised over £600 so far. Please support him via Justgiving.

Follow updates of John's training, and read John's story below that.

Training updates

Sunday 18th March

What a difference a week makes! This time last Sunday (11/3/18) I felt like I had failed and wasn’t sure if I could carry on. I set off on my usual marathon training route hoping for 20 miles - but 8 miles in, my mind gave up on me. It was like someone had flipped a switch off, no matter what I tried I couldn’t restart my run, I simply had to give in. I felt run down mentally but not physically which I found very strange, but instead of dwelling on it I put it behind me and got back to positive thinking into the new week.

With the new week came a short 2.5 mile high paced run to blow the cobwebs off. On Friday evening I visited Metres to Miles in Epworth, I was assessed on the treadmill and measured up for my marathon trainers by the very kind Ruth. Saturday I completed a 20.1 mile run, I felt good and back to full fitness in both mind and body. Although the snow and wind were horrendously cold throughout my run, I enjoyed it and felt like I was back in business.

Friday 9th March

I have had some great support so far both by receiving some great donations or support from family, friends and work colleagues. My training has gone very well and I am now up to 20 miles, although it hasn't all been easy... Its been emotionally, mentally and physically draining. I've ran long distances before but nothing over 14 miles so I'm learning as I go along, learning how to deal with pain, nutrition, hydration and fuelling myself correctly for clocking up the miles is hard... even learning the art of eating while running.

John's story

On April 22nd I am running the London Marathon for The British Stammering Association. They are a charity that is close to my heart as I have a stammer myself.

I’ve been given this once in a lifetime opportunity to run a London Marathon, something that I’ve always wanted to do since I was a young lad.

John AtkinsI have had a stammer since I was able to talk. When I got into my late 20’s I found I was really struggling. It was stopping me doing everyday things, such as ordering a coffee, asking shop assistants questions, it even made my working life and close relationships hard, the final straw was not being able to say my wedding vows and speech as I really wanted to, I felt like I had failed. All this and more made me want to seek help.

After searching I found a group called the Doncaster Stammering Association on Facebook. Through this group I was given the help & support I wanted, I was also referred to a speech therapist that most certainly changed my life. Since joining the group, using the BSA resources and receiving speech therapy I’ve gained much needed confidence, found my voice, learnt excellent communication skills but most of all I’ve made new friends along the way.

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