Peter Holden

TCS London Marathon 2024

I'm taking part in the TCS London Marathon as part of #TeamStroke

So why am I raising funds for Stroke Association; this is why:
Firstly, let me be very up front with you, this will be my LAST marathon, I will be 57 when I run this marathon, it's time to hang up my running shoes.........................maybe.


So, here's why I'm raising funds for Stroke Association; as some of you will be aware my wife of 31 years, suffered three stokes during a 6-month period in 2022 and also a number of brain related episodes (mini-strokes) during the same period. She is now recovering, but her life and that of our family has been changed since her strokes.


The Stroke Association have been fantastic in their support primarily for my wife in her recovery, but also with their support for me and the wider family, they have been a real source of comfort and information. Therefore I would like to raise some funds to help them continue their unprecedented support for fellow stroke survivors and their families.

Secondly; as an added bonus any money raised over and above my target will be donated to Bowel Cancer UK, as I am a Bowel Cancer survivor with a permanent colostomy now, which will be interesting when I run this marathon as it will be my first (and perhaps only one) with my colostomy bag.

I would like to thank everyone of you who will or have donated to support this wonderful charity.

Thanks, in advance.

Pete

My Achievements

Fundraising page set up

Added a profile pic

Made a donation

Shared your page

Hit first milestone

Hit second milestone

Reached 50% of target

Hit final milestone

Reached fundraising target

My updates

Week 3, 4 and 5 Marathon Training Updates

Thursday 16th Nov
So its been a few weeks since i posted my training progress, but fear not I have been training, since we got back off our holidays I have done the three weeks training covering a total of 60 KM's with a few swim sessions interspersed with the runs.

Fundraising has slowed a little, but there is time to ramp up the fundraising 

Bye for now, will try and update the blogs more often (weekly)

Week 2 Marathon Training Update

Friday 27th Oct
So this week I’ve been on holiday with the family in Poole, Dorset. Weather was kind enough for me to get four runs in totally 21.7km’s, longest of which was 6.4k’s

Scary to think I need to run seven times further than my longest run to date to finish a marathon, oh well I have six months to train 🤣🤣

On to next week, week three of my schedule

Me n Freddie (my permanent colostomy) will do this

Bye for now

Week 1 Marathon Training Complete

Friday 20th Oct
Whoop whoop, the journey has begun. Three 3 mile runs done, two of which were in very inclement weather conditions, hey the joys of autumn / winter marathon training.

Next week steps up just a little, a four miler on the plan. 

Six months sounds such a long time to train, but trust me it’s not

£407 raised in donations in just over a week so very pleased with that, thank you to all my sponsors

Bye for now until next week

The Journey Begins

Thursday 12th Oct
Now that I have got my place my training has started.................................

Thank you to my sponsors

£750

Anonymous

Everyone is routing for you xx

£100

Anonymous

Pete, I wish you the best of luck!

£53

Gerald Woodward

Good luck Pete!

£53

Pat Oliver

Sending love to Lorraine and Pete xx

£53

Luke Varndell

Good luck Pete and for an amazing charity!

£53

Neil Mackmin

Wishing you all the very best Peter. A fantastic cause. Go smash it !

£53

Steve Fox

Well done Pete!

£53

Ian & Linda Sutton

Thank you for your support

£53

Anonymous

£53

Tim P

Good luck Pete ! wishing you ideal race/endurance day conditions too, seems had April showers already, fingers crossed..

£53

Gary Lee

Best wishes Pete. Knowing some of what you and your family have been through, this will be an amazing achievement!

£53

Madeleine Paddock

Good luck Peter, you are doing an amazing job!

£53

Anonymous

Go get’em Pete!

£52.25

Brendan Brosnan

Best of luck Pete

£50

Neil Ritchie

Good luck Pete, will be looking out for you and the Rhino

£50

Peter Holden

£50

Rob Giles

Good luck Pete, I know your determination will get you through!

£50

Jon M

£31.80

Lisa Phillips

Fantastic Pete x

£31.80

Lyn Holden

Lyn - Different Strokes, thank you for your support xx

£31

Andrea Hughes

Good Luck on the day.

£26.50

Pat Oliver

Well done on taking on this challenge Pete - sending lots of love xxx

£26.50

Alan Richardson

Good luck Peter!

£26.50

Duncan Seymour

Hi Pete, Good luck in April. Hope it all goes well. It'll be worth the effort for such a great cause.

£26.50

Christopher Nixon

Great cause and good luck Pete

£26.50

Mayank Trivedi

£26.50

Dave Everett

Hi Pete Good luck in April. It's well worth the effort for such a great cause!

£26.50

Sophie Patterson

Massive appreciation for this charity. All the best Pete and love to you all 💜❤️💜 xx

£26.50

Lynne & Martin Champion

Well Done Pete , It’s an amazing achievement to run the London marathon. .

£26.50

Terry Little

Truly admire the will you must have

£26.50

Jean Leecy

Pete you will smash it. So proud of you for doing it.

£26.50

Robert Gillott

Pete sorry to hear about the problems you and the wife are having.

£26.50

Colin Jack

Good on you Pete

£26.50

Julia & Dave Edwards

Wishing you all the very best in this challenge for a very worthy cause x

£26.50

Kerrie Pettitt

Best of luck!

£26.50

Tony Lyons

Best of luck Pete. It was great to hear your story at the conference pal.

£26.13

Chris Lewis

£26.13

Richard Bull

We know you won't need any luck but good luck anyway, love from Richard & Claire xxx

£26.13

Martyn Gunter

Good luck Pete

£26

Sue Read

£26

Paul Westall

Best of luck pal.

£25

Rachel Eaves

Best of luck Pete!

£25

Gez And Lou

Good luck Pete xx

£25

Patrick Healy

£21.20

Neil Carter

£21.20

Alistair Mercer

Best of luck Pete

£21.20

John Brogden

Best of luck mate 👍🏽

£21.20

Brett Hogarth

Well done Pete go smash it 👍🏻

£21.20

Alan Grogan

£21.20

Joa Rosinski

Good luck Pete! 💪🏽💪🏽

£21.20

Denise Heredia

Good luck! All the best Denise Heredia

£21.20

Paul Baker

Well done Pete, you will smash it!

£21.20

Maureen Surch

Doing well Pete, love Maureen and Darren xx

£21.10

Gaynor Murphy

£20

Tracy & Kerry Wilson

Good luck Pete. Such a wonderful charity to donate too x

£20

Ryan Blackburn

Go smash it Pete!!

£20

Daniel Kew

Good luck Pete, you'll smash it!

£20

Daniel Green

Best of luck Pete

£20

Michelle Oliver

Go Pete 😘 xxx

£15.90

Yolande Birtwistle

Good luck Pete!! Know you’ll do great. We are proud of you for just taking part. We have seen your dedication in training for it.

£15

Ann Lawrence

£11

Keith Pennicott-bowen

Stick it in gear and enjoy the run 😊

£10.60

Richard

£10.60

Adam Brainard

£10.60

Lorraine Patterson

Best of luck Pete!

£10.60

Carla Connolly

Good luck Pete Amazing work and tremendous effort with everything you’ve endured personally and as a family

£10.60

Simon K

£10.60

Kirsty Kew

Fantastic cause Sending love and support to you and Lorraine

£10.60

Emma Cutler

Good luck Pete!! You are a true inspiration! You have got this!

£10.60

Emma Swinbourne

£10.60

Cheryl Barrick

Good Luck Pete

£10

Dev Gurung

Good luck Pete and all the best

£10

Paul Cahill

Good luck Peter!

£10

Catrina & Simon

£5.22

Anonymous

£5

Daniela O’grady

What an amazing cause Peter! Lorraine, what a trooper you are. Thanks for everything you have done for our local community. Xx