Web designer Paul Eagles is on the verge of fulfilling a life-time dream by taking part in his first London Marathon on Sunday April 24.
The 44-year-old who lives with his family in Abbeymeads, Swindon, has spent months preparing for the event and will be raising money for Get Kids Going – a charity which supports disabled children and young people by providing equipment like adapted wheelchairs to allow them to take part in sports.
“I’m so excited now, the training is done, the wait is almost over and I know, when I stand there, ready to go, I’m alongside thousands of other people who have been on the same journey, been through the same emotions and challenges as me,” he said.
Paul has run his own business – Midwinter Web Design – for the last 14 years in Swindon and is well known in the local business community. In his spare time, enjoys keeping fit.
He said: “I do enjoy my sport, I always have. I love running and swimming as it challenges me, keeps me fit and de-stresses me as my work is very office-based. ”
Paul has taken part in several half marathons and marathons before and knows the challenges but for him, the London Marathon 2016 has been an ultimate goal.
He’s been preparing by following a high protein diet and sticking to a gruelling training programme based around the Swindon area:
Monday – 9.5 mile run to Purton and back.
Tuesday – swim sets at Milton Road swimming pool.
Wednesday – 7.5 hill running taking in Lady Lane and Thamesdown Drive.
Thursday – swim sets at Milton Road swimming pool.
Friday – minimum 18.5 long mile run from Swindon to Purton and to Lydiard Park.
Saturday – Fitness training with Ashton Keynes Football team with his daughter Grace, aged 13.
Sunday – minimum 40m cycle ride taking in Swindon, BroadTown and Hackpen Hills.
Paul said: “I intend to run my own race and I’ll be thrilled to raise some money for a good cause in the process. Everyone should be able to enjoy sport, regardless of their physical challenges and that’s why I’m supporting Get Kids Going.”
The Virgin London Marathon takes place on Sunday April 24. This year’s event will also see British astronaut Tim Peake running a marathon in space in tandem with the 38,000 runners on earth – including Paul. The mass start for the race is at 10am. Paul has already raised £1,500 for his chosen charity. His fundraising page is www.justgiving.com/PaulEagles
Pictured above: Paul running in a past event