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Lord Lawson of Beamish

by Val Baxter

January 2, 2017

So, it begins…

I, David Lamond, have won the Birtley AC allocated number for the 2017 London marathon. After booking hotels and planning a fun packed family weekend in London it suddenly dawned on me I HAVE TO TRAIN FOR THIS, IT’S 26.2 MILE!! I set a date to start training, Boxing Day, 16 weeks before the main event – perfect.

I awoke on day one of training with a pounding headache and a stomach like a washing machine (I have put that down to a bad sprout on my Christmas dinner), but undeterred I made my way to the Shepherd and Shepherdess for a 4.5 run around Beamish Woods. I arrived just in time to see everyone starting the run – I joined the pack, wished a few friendly faces merry Christmas then got stuck in.

I ended up in group of six runners none of which has ran the route before and yes, we got lost. We ended up covering about 5.5 mile a respectable distance for day one. I finished the run (eventually!), wished a few more friendly faces merry Christmas then drove home feeling a lot better than when I started and a sense of determination to get myself together and succeed with the task at hand.

The rest of the week was filled with a fantastic family training day at Silksworth ski slope held by Gary – it did not seem too hard at the time but I can still feel it in my legs a week later; also a beach session held by Tommy, always a good one.

I am currently one week in, still feeling positive and still motivated. I know what I must do and I’m 100% committed and will keep you up to date with my epic journey.

Dave Lamond

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