Simon Murphy, 45, Lincoln
Deciding to train to complete a half marathon is an inspiring act, but for Simon the test was not quite enough. Simon will be taking on the Lincoln City Half Marathon as part of the ‘4 half marathons in 4 weeks’ charity challenge he has set himself to raise funds for the Rainbow Trust Children's Charity which enables families who have a child with a life-threatening illness to make the most of time together.
September 2020 will be a busy month for Simon, with a half marathon event scheduled every weekend, and will see him lining up at the start lines of Derry Waterside Half Marathon, Great North Run and Tissington Trail Half Marathon, as well as Lincoln.
As a place he is proud to call home, Simon knew the Lincoln City Half Marathon had to be included in his fundraising mission, and he is looking forward to the local support and atmosphere on the route – which he may particularly relish as he will be three quarters of the way through his challenge by the time race day arrives!
Simon has a positive approach to the training ahead of him; ‘it is early days, and I'm just beginning to build up the mileage, so I think there is pain to come, but I'm enjoying it so far. Running is my hobby too, so I'm having fun with it. To keep motivated I enter organised events, or I run with friends – if someone else is relying on me, or I've paid an entry fee, I'm far less likely to pull out!’
Simon only started running in 2017, beginning with a local 10k and the occasional parkrun, then in 2018 set himself his first charity challenge to complete ten 10k races to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Simon surprised himself by enjoying the races, and now, as he is about to embark on his next running test, you could say he has caught the running bug!#
Could the Lincoln City Half Marathon be your challenge this year? Why not join Simon in discovering the running bug!