Fundraising for Prostate and Breast Cancer: My London Marathon story

Posted by on 02-05-2012, under About Buyometric

London Marathon Medal

Last Sunday I ran the London Marathon, and it will go down as one of the greatest experiences of my life. You might be reading this as a veteran marathon runner and find yourself nodding in agreement, but if you’re someone that has never considered it before, I would urge you to give it a go.

At the beginning of the month we started a campaign to raise funds for The Prostate Cancer Charity and Breast Cancer Care. Together they are the most common forms of cancer in the UK and will have touched many of our lives. Within the last few years I lost my Grandfather to prostate cancer, so it’s a cause particularly close to my heart.

To help the charities with their work in prevention and education we decided to make a donation for every transaction processed through Buyometric during April. I also signed up to run the London Marathon for the charities to personally contribute what funds I could raise from my cash strapped relatives and friends.

Carb loadingThe training was very hard. I’m not a natural runner – nor naturally athletic in any respect – and am far better off with a computer than any kind of gym equipment. That said, running in the dark through snow and sheet ice can’t be anyone’s idea of fun. In the past few months I’ve tripped over fallen branches, cut my legs on barbed wire, and misplaced many a step straight in to deep mud.  And it’s not just physically demanding – my family have suffered from the lack of my presence over the weekends when I’d be out for 3 or 4 hours running then too exhausted to be of any use. On a positive note, the carb loading was truly welcome.

Then the big day arrived. The night before I accidentally melted my charity running vest while attempting to iron my name to the front, so an emergency kit change kept me up late into the night. It was a very early start up to Greenwich Park where the toilet queues were only beaten in length by the number of instructions to remember. How much water to drink, when to take energy gels, and how to pace myself all went out the window when I crossed the start line because all I could concentrate on where the crowds. Tens of thousands of people cheering, shouting my name, willing me on. It was awesome.

Paul runningThey were there the whole time. It’s a strange feeling when your body is screaming you to stop, while your mind is grasping for any reason to continue. It’s those times when you need the crowd.

I reached the finish line in a time of 4 hours 23 minutes, a time that I’m delighted with. It means I beat both Gordon Ramsay and Will Young who both finished along side me. The sense of achievement was temporarily replaced by nausea and I was forced to sit under a tree in St James’ Park for half an hour feeling terrible. A pizza seemed to cure it.

The sense of elation to have completed the London Marathon is hard to describe. The tragic death of Claire Squires at mile 25 is a reminder that this is an extraordinarily demanding feat. Despite the pain and gruelling training, I am already having withdrawal symptoms and am trying to work out how I could improve my time if I were to do it again. Perhaps not next year – I owe my family a break – but I think I’ll probably be back some day soon.

You can ready more about my personal story at justgiving.com/pauljohnfisher, however for now i’d just like to say a very big thank you to everyone who has supported our campaign and sent me direct messages of support – I read each and every one and can assure you they helped me get through to the end!

Help us support the Prostate Cancer Charity and Breast Cancer Care

Posted by on 02-04-2012, under About Buyometric

The Prostate Cancer Charity and Breast Cancer CareProstate cancer is the most common form of cancer affecting men in the UK. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer affecting women in the UK. Together, 87,000 people are diagnosed with prostate or breast cancer every year.  That number is hard to comprehend, but each and every one of those people is somebody’s son or daughter. Many are mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, and grandparents.

Most of us have a personal connection to one of these two cancers. For my part, I lost my Grandfather to prostate cancer in 2010. As with many cases, early diagnosis could have made all the difference, which is why campaigns that raise awareness of the symptoms of disease are so vital. Throughout April Buyometric will be supporting the Prostate Cancer Charity and Breast Cancer Care, who between them are aiming to raise £1 million to support their work in cancer education and support. Every time you purchase a deal through Buyometric during April we will make a donation to the charities on your behalf*.

Our fundraising efforts will culminate on the 22 April when I will be running the London Marathon for TeamPB – the join running team for the two charities. It will be my first (and last!) marathon and so I want to make it count.

You can support our campaign simply by continuing to use Buyometric as you always do. You can also tell your friends and family about us or – if you are able to – donate directly to my London Marathon challenge at justgiving.com/pauljohnfisher

I will be posting updates on my training to the blog over the coming weeks as well as a follow-up after the big event at the end of the month.

Fingers crossed I make it across the finish line!

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*Between 1st April and 30th April 2012, Buyometric will donate 10 pence for every sale made over the value of £2 to Paul Fisher’s Team PB marathon fundraising target. Team PB is a fundraising partnership between Breast Cancer Care and The Prostate Cancer Charity. Donations will be equally divided between the Prostate Cancer Charity and Breast Cancer Care.

Breast Cancer Care is a charity registered in England and Wales (1017658) and in Scotland (SCO38104). Registered in England company number 2447182. The Prostate Cancer Charity is a charity registered in England and Wales (1005541) and in Scotland (SCO39332). Registered in England company number 2653887

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