Our punishment-loving CEO, James, has achieved his goal of completing the London Marathon for the second time. James and his sister, Cath Salt, slogged their way around 26.2 miles to raise a whopping £10,780 for The Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (PWSA)!
But the day was not without its ups and downs. James said, ‘It was such a good day, but definitely a marathon of two halves. I went great-guns for the first 17 miles, and was on course for hitting my sub 3hour 30minute finishing time.’ But, sadly an old injury resurfaced and James started to struggle, ‘my old Achilles problem raised its ugly head and I stumbled round the last nine miles.’ James’ final finish time was 4hours 8minutes.
This is still a hugely respectable time, but some way off his personal best of 3hours 48minutes, which he achieved in the 2012 London marathon. On that occasion, he raised £5.5k for the PWSA, so almost doubled his fundraising efforts this year.
The PWSA is the UKs only organisation dedicated to helping and supporting individuals and their families affected by this condition. And, as regular blog readers will know, it’s a cause that's been close to James’ heart since his eldest son, Jimmy, was diagnosed over five years ago.
Prader-Willi Syndrome is rare and incurable medical condition that causes a number of physical and learning disabilities. One of the most worrying, and difficult to control symptoms, is the insatiable hunger that the condition creates. And, as we are all aware of how uncomfortable being hungry can make us feel, it’s not hard to imagine how difficult life must be for Jimmy on a day-to-day basis.
As well as James' efforts, for the past three years, Zutonites from Manchester and Macclesfield have joined him in his mission to raise awareness and funds for the PWSA. In January this year, from activities such as bake sales, a charity calendar and a sports day, the total amount raised jumped to over £30,000. With the addition of James valiant effort at the weekend, that has now swelled to over £40,000 – a truly magnificent achievement!
And it doesn’t end there, as plans are already afoot for James to participate in another race in October in Chester, and then the big one in London again next year. He just loves running, doesn't he?
The PWSA have told us how the money donated by Zutonites will be spent. A large proportion will go towards paying for their November conference, which is a vital forum for getting the latest research and information out to the 500 attendees. And the rest will be used to prepare an information pack for schools, which will help to highlight Prader-Willi Syndrome.
Anyone interested in knowing more about PWSA, please visit their website www.pwsa.co.uk and if you fancy showing your support and donating, you still can www.justgiving.com/jamesandcath16