Publish Date: 07/12/2011
There are many ways you can take action and get involved with The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, and one is running for Team LGF to raise awareness of the charity’s work and raise vital funds.
We have some places left in the Silverstone Half Marathon on Sunday 11th March – it’s a great opportunity for Formula 1 fans and those who fancy a challenge, and there is still just enough time to train!
If you fancy the challenge, but need a bit of encouragement, read our interviews with Iwan, Jan and Dan – who are representing Team LGF in next year’s London Marathon about why they are running for LGF. If you'd like some more information about running for Team LGF email firstname.lastname@example.org
1) What's Your Name? Age? Occupation?
Iwan: Iwan Roberts, 30 (just!) and I work as a HR Business Partner with Virgin.
Jan: My name is Jan. I am 31 years old and work as a solicitor in London.
Dan: Dan Kayley, 32, Building Surveyor
2) How many Marathons have you run?
Iwan: After years of just sticking to 10ks and half marathons, this will be my first one
Jan: I have done three marathons. I ran London in 2008, New York in 2009 and earlier this year I ran the Edinburgh marathon.
Dan: None, this will be my 1st! The most I have ever run is 10k (6.2 miles) as I have entered the Bupa Great Manchester Run for the past 3 years.
3) What's your motivation for running for LGF?
Iwan: I want to run for a charity that has supported me personally over the last couple of years, but also given the recent funding challenges to raise some money to help ensure that the LGF can continue to support the gay and lesbian community.
Jan: I think the LGF is providing some great and vital services that deserve a lot of recognition and support. It's difficult to single out a single aspect about the great work the LGF do, but for me a key aspect is their work to end homophobia and to support LGB people, in particular young people still at school. There is still a lot of homophobia around in schools which makes it difficult for young LGB kids to come out and feel comfortable in their own skin, and I remember how I struggled at school and what weight had been lifted off me when I came out at university.
Dan: Just knowing the kind of services that the LGF offer and the fact that they help so many people in our community, it really was a no brainer for me. Charities like the LGF really need to stay strong and continue the great work that they do, and it’s only going to happen if we keep supporting them and raising as much money for them as possible.
4) What do you think will be your biggest challenge?
Iwan: I have done half-marathons over the last few years and the thought of finishing one of them and then running it back feels a bit scary! Also, I work away from home a few days a week so avoiding hotel food and drink and swapping it for training in the gym might be a challenge whilst I am away.
Jan: I have been a bit out of shape in the last few months and am only just getting back into running now. It's always a bit of a struggle to start getting the miles back in, but luckily I have enough time still to get back into shape.
Dan: I think the biggest challenge will probably be being strict with myself and training properly throughout the winter. My job takes me all over the country and I stay away from home Monday to Friday. This means I can't really sign up for gym membership. I never know what location my job will take me from one week to the next so I'm just going to have to plan a route to run when I'm there and brave the elements.
5) What are you most looking forward to about the Marathon?
Iwan: Apart from raising money, the sense of achievement to completing the run is something I am really looking forward too.
Jan: The buzz of running through London's streets being cheered on by spectators will be great. It was the atmosphere at the London marathon a few years ago when I went to cheer for a friend, that got me to run my first marathon.
Dan: I think the general buzz that an event of this magnitude brings will just be incredible. I have run 10k events and have felt the buzz there, but those events are of a much smaller scale. The Marathon is just something else with huge amounts of runners and lots of money being raised for many worthy causes. Just being a part of it will be incredible!
6) How's the training going?
Iwan: I did the BUPA Great Yorkshire Run last month and that went pretty well and I am getting into the habit of packing my running stuff when I am away so its definitely going in the right direction.
Jan: I will start training in earnest about 16-18 weeks before the marathon, but right now I am just getting back into my running.
Dan: So far, it's not! I suffered a bad knee injury playing football about a month ago. I'm just hoping and praying that it recovers properly soon, because I really want to go out and start running! Knowing i'm running the Marathon and not being able to do a thing about it at the minute is very frustrating.
7) How can people sponsor you?
Iwan: I have set up my page at http://www.justgiving.com/Iwan-Roberts1
Jan: I will set up a website to make it easy for people to sponsor me and link the website to my facebook page. I will also host some sponsorship drinks in London in late January (to conveniently coincide with my birthday drinks!) where people can make a donation.
Dan: By donating online at www.justgiving.com/dankayley, or you can text: DANK50 followed by an amount, ie £10 to 70070
You can run too...
Team LGF still have places in the Adidas Half Marathon (13.1 miles) at Silverstone motor racing circuit on Sunday March 11th 2012, and the BUPA London 10,000 k on Sunday 27th May 2012, starting and finishing in St James’s Park, you’ll follow the 2012 Olympic loop through the heart of the Capital City. For more info email email@example.com