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Leeds Partner Mark Pickard’s Midnight ‘Marathon in a Month’



Date Posted: 3 August 2017

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Leeds Partner Mark Pickard on his overnight marathon (in the truest sense) as part of EY Foundation’s ‘Marathon in a Month

Take on EY Foundation’s ‘Marathon in a Month’ challenge, where you can walk, jog or run the distance over the duration of August. It is not too late to sign up, to begin just register here.

“It’s 4:32am in the basement in EY’s Leeds office and I’ve just done a marathon. How did I get here?!

I don’t know about the rest of you but I often have the best of intentions about going for a run, yet I don’t quite get around to doing it. When I saw the EY Foundation’s ‘Marathon in a Month’, it seemed like the motivation I needed – a chance to do a marathon in August in whatever way suited me and raise money for a cause that’s close to my heart. So, to stop the usual excuses getting in the way I thought it would be a good idea to get it done as early as possible.

I came up with the “fantastic” plan of starting at midnight on the 31st July and completing the marathon on the treadmill in the office throughout the night/morning of August 1st. Foolishly, I made the mistake of telling my colleagues so there was no chance of backing out.

So that’s how I found myself pounding away on a treadmill in the middle of the night in my office in Leeds as July turned to August, To make matters even more “interesting” every hour the treadmill would come to a grinding stop - along with my momentum- , and I had to jump off and reset it all over again. But never say I lack determination. A mighty 4 hours 22 minutes and 38 seconds later before the sun had even risen in Leeds my marathon was complete – and I was finished.

Not sure I would have pulled off the challenge if it hadn’t been for knowing I was raising money for the EY Foundation’s work with disadvantaged young people. And there’s something satisfying about knowing your colleagues will be arriving for work in a few hours.

If anyone would be so kind as to sponsor me (even though I’ve finished the challenge) I would really appreciate it – please click on the attached link for details -

And massive thank you to those of you who have already sponsored me.

Sweaty pictures deliberately not included!”

Feeling inspired? You can register to enter and find out more information here.