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City Fan runs London Marathon

Richard Skilbeck runs Marathon in aid of Cancer Research UK & YCST

Marathon Man earns over 400 for YCST and Cancer research UK!

Richard Skilbeck, a Trust Member and City fan recently completed the London Marathon. Richard, a York excile (well, Oswaldkirk to be exact!) penned the below story about his day.

I work for BT with a load of Oxford United supporters, so there is always plenty of football banter. I travel to around 25-30 City games a season, and am a member of the London Branch of the supporters club.

Completing the London Marathon on April 18th fulfilled a lifetime ambition. After having my application confirmed last December, my training schedule started in January with many cold and wet winter runs.

I have raised sponsorship for Cancer Research UK and the YCST which certainly helped to motivate me throughout my preparation, and also kept me going towards the latter end of the race when my legs were getting tired. The day itself was fantastic, and even though the weather was miserable, the crowd support was still amazing. My finishing time was 3hrs 33mins with an overall position of 5158.

The most difficult part of the race came at the 22 mile mark when I began to feel extremely tired and light headed. Fortunately a lucozade drink, handed to me by non other than Johny Wilkinson, helped me to recover sufficiently to reach the finishing line. All the hard work proved to be worthwhile with a great sense of achievement at the end.

Congratulations to Richard! A lifetime ambition achieved and money raised for good causes in the process.

If you have raised money for YCST and are willing to publish a story on the Trust website, we'd love to hear from you. Please contact any Trust Board member.

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