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Liam's London Marathon Training Blog

Feb 10, 2015

 Liam's London Marathon Training Blog

Well done to Liam for completing the London Marathon and raising over £2,000 for the Colostomy Association.




It has been a few weeks since my last entry to this blog as I have been busy with work and training. The only runs are getting longer and harder but my waist line is definitely getting smaller so that is nice. I am currently running 18 miles in my long runs and that is soon to be increased to 20 miles! This is absolutely the most physically and mentally demanding thing I have ever done and it has if I am honest overwhelmed me at times when I have asked myself can I do this? I then think why I am doing it and that makes everything better!

My fundraising is currently sitting at £818 so I am over the halfway mark and at almost £1000 including gift aid, which is excellent with more people promising to sponsor me so I will be harassing them for it! If anyone who is reading this can spare a few pounds it will go a long way and help many people out. On one final note my marathon vest has arrived and I will be getting my name on it which is the normal thing to do with the marathon so if you find yourself with nothing to do on the 26th April come down to London and see if you can spot me in the crowd! Until next time!


I am currently within training week number 5 and I must say the going has been tough. My training runs are going well and I am running in the region of 25-30 miles a week at the moment but my body is definitely suffering (my legs keep trying to escape my body!). The weather hasn't helped as here in Suffolk we have had a mix of sun, rain, sleet and snow so that has made a difference to how each individual run has gone. The fundraising is going really well and as I write this blog we are currently sitting at £483 thanks to the support of friends and family and the generosity of our friends on the Colostomy Association Facebook page.


Hi my name is Liam Grist and I was lucky enough (or not depending on how you look at it!) to be selected by the Colostomy association. I am 32 years old and I am currently a Police Sergeant with the Civil Nuclear Constabulary based at Sizewell Nuclear power station. The reason I am running the London marathon for the Colostomy association is all down to my wonderful wife Siobhan. She is 32 and has suffered with ulcerative colitis since she was 17 and has been in and out of hospital ever since.

About 3 years ago she was admitted to hospital with a major flare up and had emergency surgery which resulted in a temporary stoma. As the title suggests it was supposed to be temporary and she would have a reversal at some point. The reversal was completed but complications have resulted in a permanent stoma which has been very difficult for her to deal with. Again I have been there for emotional support but what I can do physically is limited so my taking part in the London marathon is my way of contributing to her ongoing recovery and raising awareness and vital funds for this great charity.

 I have set myself the task of raising £1500 and as I write this I am at £313 so I am on my way but I need the help of everyone reading this to pass the message on and see if we can reach the target. Training has been gruelling as the weather has been particularly bad with rain, sleet and snow on my training runs but I am well and truly on the way to success. We just need to pass the message on and rally support for this great cause so it can continue the wonderful advice and support it provides to scores of people.


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