Revisiting the London Marathon: Taking on yourself to help others

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Catching up with Rob Potter on the eve of the London Marathon

Rob Potter London Marathon

On the eve of the London Marathon, we catch up with committee member and Blaze the Biblins race director, Rob Potter.

Before we jump into the London Marathon, how are preparations for Blaze the Biblins going?

“We are at the early stages, but things are progressing well. Each year, the 10k race starting from Biblins campsite (Symonds Yat) has grown in popularity and is a must in the racing calendar for many local runners. This year’s race will be in October, with more details to be announced soon—watch this space.”

So, onto more pressing matters, why the London Marathon?

“A bit of a mid-life crisis! I first ran the London Marathon back in 1998 when I was 22. I have always had a plan to beat my 22-year-old self.”

Interesting, so what time are you aiming to beat?

“I have a time in mind and have been putting in the right training for it. Most importantly, I’m looking forward to enjoying the day. The sheer size and numbers are very different from the trail races we love closer to home.”

How has the training been going?

“Training has gone well but it has been tough with the weather we’ve had. Having a coach has been great. I would recommend it to anyone as it just removes the headache of knowing what to do and how to do it. I was lucky enough to have Faye Johnson on my team from Maximum Mileage.”

Not long now until the start. Apart from the famous green vest, what will you be wearing?

“I have proudly been wearing the Monross green top for a number of years now, but the day itself is for Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity, so I’ll be wearing their fundraising T-shirt. In 2022, a good friend was diagnosed with leukemia. Focus, part of the Hospitals charity, helped her during her long stays in hospital and when she felt she couldn’t fight anymore. Focus was the charity she wanted us to fundraise for; she had nothing but praise for all the staff. Sadly, Jo didn’t win her battle and passed away in January 2023.”

So, the ballot for the London Marathon 2025 closes on April 26, 2024. Any tips for anyone considering doing it—or any other marathon?

“In my opinion, just try to get consistency in your training. You don’t run a marathon on one good session. And don’t forget, the best runner is the one having the most fun!”

Thank you Rob, where can readers go to donate?

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