I think now is more important than ever to recognise the great work of our charities. The current situation makes me more resolute to raise awareness and donations for SHINE.
Had this been a normal year, Sunday, 26 April, would have seen 45,000 runners on the streets of the capital raising millions of pounds for charity as they took part in the 40th London Marathon.
Of course, this is far from a normal year and the marathon, like every other big gathering of people, was postponed by organisers.
The race is now due to take pace on 4 October, although there is still a chance that it will not go ahead, even then.
It means all those runners will need to keep on training through the summer in the hope that they can still take part in the marathon this autumn.
The man running to raise funds for SHINE is philosophical about the delay.
Saul Moorhouse, from Todmorden, West Yorkshire, says: “Obviously it was a huge disappointment for the London Marathon to be delayed from April, but of course totally understandable. At least this way I have longer to train my legs… and longer to raise money for SHINE!
“I had some good news in the Spring: I found out that I’ve qualified for the Great Britain Triathlon Age Group team to compete at the European Championships 2020 (which may end up being 2021!) This has given me added motivation to stay fit over the summer!
“I’ve been making the most of the great British weather and my ‘one excercise per day’ these last few weeks, to run the network of country paths around my home in Godalming, Surrey – some of the hills I’ve discovered I won’t be running back to anytime soon!”
Saul adds: “I think now is more important than ever to recognise the great work of our charities. The current situation makes me more resolute to raise awareness and donations for SHINE, and I continue to look forward to stepping over the finish line in London in October.”
You can sponsor Saul at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SaulMoorhouse