Challenge of a lifetime

Marathon blog

On Sunday 13 April Scout Leader Colin Ratcliffe will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for Scouting. Here he tells us why he’s taking part.

I decided I wanted to give something back to Scouting. The opportunity to run the London Marathon for Scouting was too good to miss. It’s been my ambition to take part for years and I can’t wait to join 40,000 other runners on Sunday. I’m very excited and a little apprehensive, but I know it’s going to be brilliant.

My family and I have had so much fun and adventure through Scouting. I’m a Group Scout Leader (1st Frankby Greasby) and my father and grandfather were too. My daughter Emily, 16, is a Young Leader and Explorer Scout. She lives and breathes Scouting. It’s her birthday this weekend so the family will be celebrating in London and staying at Gilwell Park after the marathon. My son Toby,12, also really enjoys Scouts and they’re both involved in the Gang Show.

Ever since I started training for the London Marathon, I’ve had an image in my mind of running down the Mall to the finish line and how amazing that would feel. That’s what kept me motivated when I started training again after an injury that needed physiotherapy for six weeks. My first run of 2014 was seven miles and it hurt so much! But I persevered and by March, I was running 50 miles a week.

My personal best is four hours and four minutes. If I can get it to less than that, I will be absolutely chuffed. But I’m not there to break records, I’m there to take part in the marathon, experience the brilliant atmosphere and raise as much money as I can for Scouting.

Sponsor Colin at JustGiving and help us to provide everyday adventure to young people.

Inspired to take on a challenge event for Scouting?  It will give you a massive sense of achievement as well helping to change the lives of young people across the UK.

Check this year’s challenge events. Whether it’s cycling to Paris or trekking the Dorset coast, there will be something for you.  

Read about some more amazing Scouts who have taken part in challenge events.

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