• Helen Phillips

Meet our VLM19 Marathoners #2: Vic


Not everyone can run a marathon. You have to be a special kind of determined and crazy to train and then complete 26.2 miles on the day.

In my VLM19 Meet Our Marathoners Series we meet ordinary people who have battled through and achieved extraordinary.

Today we meet ,Vic who ran VLM19 for Children with Cancer UK. Please read on to hear his story. You can help Vic with his fundraising right HERE.

Tell me about your running journey

I started training in July 2018, having not done any “proper” running since leaving school in 1966.

Why did you decide you wanted to run a marathon?

I decided to run the marathon in memory of Jacob, my grandson, who lost his life to childhood cancer aged 5 ½.

How much have you raised for your charity?

I ran for Children With Cancer UK. My initial fundraising target was £1.5k and I’ve raised £4,000 so far mainly from individual donations. I had intended to arrange some events, but didn’t!

Did you have a goal for the marathon?

I had hoped to run it in 6 hours, but on the day just looked at the mile marker posts to tell me how I was doing.

On the day I just ran at a pace I felt comfortable with. I ran the first 18 miles then brisk walked to try to make sure I got to the finish.

How did your training go?

Since July, I’ve clocked up over 650 miles. My only injury has been a large blister and some recurring groin pains. I've also had slight back ache, but otherwise I managed to stay remarkably injury free.

The hardest part about training was motivating myself, as virtually all my training was done on my own.

I love running for the discipline it brings, for fitness and doing it in memory of my grandson, who had a much tougher time than me.

No run has been easy (didn’t follow a plan beyond Couch to 5k), but the more you do, the easier it is to increase your distance. It’s working towards a goal, i.e. running in the London Marathon and fundraising for a good cause that’s helped push me on.

Is there a song that motivates you through training?

I love listening to music big time, but I only listened to Strava and Garmin during all my runs!!!

[You've got the running bug Vic - Cheesecake Runner]

If you could choose who would present your finishers bling who would it be?

I would love my grandson Jacob to have presented my medal.

What were you most looking forward to on race day?

The experience, having been told to go out and enjoy the day, as it would go so quickly.

Tell me about race day?

Race day was very memorable, the crowds, the other runners.

I know London, so apart from Canary Wharf it was not especially exciting for me. Didn’t find it easy, but totally determined to finish for my grandson and the money I’d raised.

Vic You're Awesome! You smashed VLM19!

If you're already thinking about your marathon next year, you'll be pleased to hear Marathon Club Hub is now open.

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