After several years of entering the ballot for the London Marathon unsuccessfully, we’re very pleased to say that Garry’s determination has paid off, and he’s been rewarded with a place in this year’s Marathon. With the first hurdle of getting a place achieved, the real hard work of training is well under way and Garry is making fantastic progress.

On the 25th March, Garry completed his first half marathon and a 20-mile race. Both achievements are important markers in a vigorous training plan that Garry has been working through. Since December, Garry has been training for the Marathon with the help of Tom Farquhar, from Fortitude Fitness.

Garry has given himself two challenges for the race, namely, to finish in a respectable time, and also to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Garry is hoping that his efforts lead to more awareness and understanding about Cystic Fibrosis (CF). The money raised will help those who live with and are affected by the condition. CF is a life-limiting inherited condition caused by a faulty gene. In the UK, more than 2.5million people carry the gene, that’s around 1 in 25 of us, and most don’t know that they carry it. Each week 5 babies are born with cystic fibrosis, and a further two people die because of the condition. Currently there is no cure for cystic fibrosis but there are many treatments available to manage it. These include physiotherapy, exercise, medication and nutrition.

The London Marathon was first run on the 29th March 1981 and has been held during the spring every year since. A total distance of 26.2 miles, the marathon is possible the most famous race in the world. It’s part of the World Marathon Majors which consists of the 6 marathons that happen in major city across the world. These cities are Tokyo, Boston, Berlin, Chicago, New York and London.

To date, the London Marathon has raised over 450 million since it was first run, and you can further contribute to that figure by supporting Garry this year. Garry would of course, be very grateful for your support. The date of this year’s London marathon is Sunday, 28th April so make sure that you watch it, Garry has promised to do his best and wave at TV cameras!

Help support our Commercial Director Garry Broadbent and Green Cooling’s 2019 charity, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. To read more about Garry’s training progress, and to donate to this great cause, please click here.

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