London Marathon: Daniel Hughes

Daniel Hughes

We recently caught up with Daniel to find out his reasons for running the London Marathon for EHAAT and see how his training is going.

Why did you choose to run the marathon for EHAAT?

A couple of reasons – my partner is a paramedic and she tells me stories about incidents she has been at when the Air Ambulance have attended. Then also, two years ago, EHAAT came out to my dad. He didn’t make it, but I’d like to give something back.

Have you fundraised for EHAAT before?

No, this is the first time. Hopefully I can raise a lot.

How do you plan to fundraise?

I’m organising a car boot sale. I’m also going to get my mum to do a cake sale. My gym are keen to help out by putting a collection bucket on the desk. One of my colleagues did the marathon a couple of years ago, so I’m hoping my other colleagues will sponsor me.

Have you done any long distance running before? Or any similar challenges?

About two years ago, I did the Man vs Mountain challenge, which is a race that up to the summit of Snowdonia, with an assault course to complete at the end. It’s about 24 miles in total, but it’s quite uneven as it’s on rough terrain. So hopefully I’m in good shape to be able to take on the marathon!

How is the training going? Are you following a specific plan?

I’m up to 13 miles now. My plan is to add on an extra three miles each month. So I’m planning to reach 24 miles before the marathon. However, speaking to others who have done it before, they only ran 20 miles before, so now I might re-think that and see how it goes.

I train on my own, which I don’t mind. I use my Apple Watch to track my speed and distance. I’m hoping to complete it in under five hours, but I did 13 miles in just under two hours, so I may be quicker than I think.

Any tips for anyone thinking of taking up running?

Pace yourself. It’s more psychological than you think. You need to pace yourself rather than going to quick, as towards the end will get tough.

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