This weekend around 39,000 runners took part in the Virgin Money London Marathon and two GCI’ers were amongst them! Lyndon Evans and Keith Lourie have raised an impressive £1,918 so far, with GCI contributing £1,000 for the South Wales-based cancer charity Tenovus.
Lyndon from Neath, is a veteran of three previous Marathons and running with his wife Lucy clocked in at 7 hours 18 minutes. Keith has been training with Lyndon for the last six months and is a newcomer to the Marathon scene, registering an impressive 5 hours 10 minutes – despite pulling his hamstring on mile 15!
As you might expect from two technology experts, the cloud has played a pivotal role in their training as they have made use of mobile apps such as Endomondo to track each other’s runs and provide support and advice over the long winter training months. They’ve even used the video function of Skype for Business whilst running to gee each other up!
Lyndon explains: “Both myself and Keith have personally been affected by cancer and we wanted to give something back. Tenovus do fantastic work for those affected by the condition and have developed pioneering treatments as well as providing vital support. Even though it’s my third Marathon the training doesn’t get any easier! Training with Keith – either in person or virtually using technology has given us both a boost as we’ve braved the cold and the rain over the last few months.”
Here is Lucy celebrating with a gin and tonic which Lyndon has carried on the Marathon and we can only presume will have been very much shaken rather than stirred over the 26.2 miles!
There is still an opportunity to add the teams fund raising efforts by visiting their fundraising page here – in support of a great cause and a gargantuan effort!
Keith and Lyndon’s fundraising total as of the day after the Marathon is £1,918.75, although the money is still coming in, so they may well hit the £2,000 target very soon.