Archive for April, 2007

Marathon Mike gains a new recruit for next years run

In Charity by warren / April 24, 2007 / 0 Comments

Mike in London MarathonMike Wilde, 40, has fulfilled a cherished ambition by completing the London Marathon and raising thousands of pounds for his chosen charity. Mike finished in 4 hours, 24 minutes, raising over £3,000 for the Stroke Association. Mike experienced both elation and agony on the gruelling run, as thousands wilted in soaring temperatures. He struggled through groin pain and severe muscle cramp down both legs. It was torture after the halfway mark, but the support of the crowds was phenomenal and the street-party atmosphere was incredibly uplifting, he said. Along with his wife Lucy and close family members who greeted him after the finish was Ken Adams, Mike’s fellow founding director at LIFE Build Solutions. He said: I am so inspired by the courage and endurance shown by thousands of people like Mike that I have told our staff I would be entering myself next year, and invited other company volunteers to join in.

As for Mike’s intentions: If you’d asked me at the finishing line, I would have said never again, but looking back I feel I could have another go, as it was such a fantastic experience.

Why Marathon Mike is aiming for a good time

In Charity by warren / April 10, 2007 / 0 Comments

Mike running in the London MarathonAt the age of 40, Mike Wilde is making his first bid for success in this month’s London Marathon.

Mike first took up competitive running only six years ago, after some colleagues volunteered him for a construction charity event in his absence.

He said: I have run a few half-marathons, but I’ve never tackled the big one before. Now that I have entered my forties, I want to do the London Marathon while I’m still fit enough.

In gearing up for the London Marathon, Mike has been pounding the streets around his family home in Headington, Oxford. Running about 50 kilometres a week since January, he has been making regular pre-dawn runs before driving to work, as well as lengthy weekend stints.

Now he is aiming to raise hundreds of pounds for the Stroke Association, in memory of his 80-year-old father, Peter, a long-time resident of Kennington, Oxford, who died last year after suffering a stroke.

Despite recent knee problems, Mike is confident he can make the distance and has already exceeded £1,000 in pledges from family, friends and colleagues. But he is keeping his running performances to date a closely guarded secret and won’t reveal the finishing time he is aiming for on the day.

I am setting up a sweepstake at £5 a go, he explained. The person who is closest to correctly guessing my time will share the winnings with the Stroke Association.

This is my first marathon attempt and it could be my last. But if I can do it, it will be a lifetime achievement.