Author Archives: Darryl Johnson

About Darryl Johnson

46 year old hard working and Honest guy. Trying to achieve a lifetime ambition.

Running the London Marathon: Darryl’s training update

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after long marathon training run

 

Eden Springs’ Darryl Johnson is running the Virgin London Marathon for the Charity Children with Cancer and to highlight Eden’s free water for charity fundraisers initiative.

Running through the wall

Nobody said training for a marathon was easy – far from it. Darryl has been running hard and putting in some good miles for his training, including a particularly tough 14.5 run that took it out of him (although he doesn’t look too bad afterwards in the first picture below!).

He’s also been working on speed, taking part in timed 5k ‘Parkruns’ that are organised around the country.

If you’re pushing yourself hard for a charity cause, consider applying for a free case of bottled water from Eden to help you meet your goals! Apply for a charity water donation

after long marathon training run

parkrun 5k

Please contribute

Please find Darryl’s fundraising page at www.virginmoneygiving.com/darryljohnson

Running the Ashby 20: Sunday 9 March 2014

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Eden Springs’ own Darryl updates us on his training to run the London Marathon. Please do support Darryl’s fundraising at www.virginmoneygiving.com/darryljohnson.

push it

Ran the Ashby 20 yesterday in the lovely warm sunshine!

1200+ people turned up for the race, which is organised to coincide with London marathon training.
There was a fantastic atmosphere and great support all round from local people embracing the race as part of local culture.

Personally I was very pleased with my race with a very modest 3hrs 22min. The last two miles were very tough going but I achieved yet another milestone: every step over 19 miles was a step further than I’d ever run in my life.

I got very emotional at the end as four years ago my life was as low as it has ever been (won’t go into details) and I have been able to turn my life around – with the support and belief in me from my family and true friends (mostly my gorgeous fiance), set myself goals AND achieve them. Life is good right now :)

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Running the Virgin London Marathon: Introduction

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good nutrition

Hi, My name is Darryl Johnson and I work in route operations at Eden Springs’ Leicestershire (Coalville) branch. On 13 April 2014 I will be undertaking the challenge of my life: I am running the London Marathon.

I have had tremendous support and sponsorship from Eden Springs and staff from all over the Eden network for which I am eternally grateful; without you all this would not have been possible. I’m going to do my best to keep you updated with how my training and runs are progressing on the Eden Springs blog – keep you eyes peeled!

Brave children

I am running for the charity Children with Cancer. Children with Cancer UK is the leading national children’s charity dedicated to the fight against all childhood cancers.

Around 3,600 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK. Our aims are to determine the causes, find cures and provide care for children with cancer.

The reason I have chosen this charity is because I believe we have it within our power to help these very brave children who are struck by this evil disease in the prime of their innocence.

Every mile I run and all the pain I’m going through (and believe me there’s a lot of that) is nothing compared to what these very brave souls are going through. I want to help them.

early days

 

early day 2

Big softie raises big money

My training has been very tough at times and very demanding but I have stuck to it and most of the time enjoyed it. 6 months ago I ran a half marathon (13.1 miles) with next-to-no training; just a good base level of fitness. I got very emotional afterwards…that’s just me – big softie!

I am now up to 20 miles training runs! Never ever thought those words would come from my mouth.
As the marathon draws closer I am getting more and more confident that I will NOT let these children and all those that have supported me down.

At last count my fund pot sits at over £1,500 – how amazing is that?! Thank you, thank you, thank you all.

 

The charity

Please visit www.childrenwithcancer.org.uk for more information about the charity Darryl is supporting.

Please contribute

Please find Darryl’s fundraising page at www.virginmoneygiving.com/darryljohnson