Running* with CanToo to Cure Cancer
On 6th November 2016 I'll be running* in the New York City Marathon.
I am not a natural runner and it'll be my first and quite possibly only Marathon. 42.195km, or 26 miles and 385 yards... Crikey.
I'm training with CanToo, an amazing charity which trains people for running, swimming, and triathlon events in return for fundraising. The program costs are covered by their corporate sponsors, and so all donations raised by swimmers and runners are passed on in their entirety as grants for cancer research projects with Cure Cancer Australia and the Cancer Council NSW.
Those of you playing along at home might know that this will be CanToo thing number 6; I've done two ocean swims and three half marathons, raising just over $10,000 along the way. Those were easy in comparison - this will take me almost a year to train for so I'm aiming to more than double my total tally and raise another $10,000 in the NYC Marathon, every cent of which will go to funding vital Australian Cancer Research.
Do not hold back and think you'll have another chance to sponsor me in a marathon, this is absolutely a once in a lifetime opportunity!
I'm also selling Entertainment Books (available as traditional books and also new digital versions for smartphones). The Sydney version is $70 and contains $20,000 worth of discounts at restaurants, cafes, cinemas as well as 5% off Virgin Australia gift cards and 5% off Woollies gift cards. $14 from every book I sell goes to CanToo and counts towards my fundraising target.
*running is a loose term and so long as I finish before it gets dark I'll be happy!
I grew up in England but took an 18 month secondment from London to Sydney in 2003 when I was working for Deloitte, and I’ve lived in Australia ever since. I’m a Chartered Accountant and now work as Chief Financial Officer for the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter in Sydney and Southern NSW.
After Deloitte and before joining the Helicopter I ran my own business consulting to cafés and restaurants following a year off spent training as a commercial chef. I’m a Surf Lifesaver at Tamarama SLSC, and I keep sort of fit by sort of swimming, and increasingly sort of running as I’m in training for the New York Marathon in November 2016 to raise funds for cancer research. The rest of the time I cook, eat, read, and travel, and motivated by a love of Japanese food I’m at the start of the very long process of learning Japanese. 頂きます。
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