London’s calling for Adoption UK marathon runner

Published: 04.04.16

The London Marathon may sound glamorous but ice-baths, 21-mile runs, 6am starts, rain and gale-force winds are just some of the factors James Tillcock has had to contend with during his training for the world-famous event.
London’s calling for Adoption UK marathon runner

James, from Middleton Cheney, near Banbury, Oxfordshire, will be running on behalf of Adoption UK, where his wife Louise Tillcock works.

The 33 year-old father of two said: “I always used to run three or four times a week so last year my wife persuaded me to run the Oxford Half Marathon on behalf of Adoption UK. I really enjoyed it and this year I’ve been lucky enough to gain a place in the London Marathon.”

James has been setting his alarm at 6am every Tuesday and Thursday in order to run eight miles before work. He has also been running longer distances every Saturday.

The assistant accountant said: “I was running about 13 miles every Saturday up until New Year and then since mid January I’ve been upping the distance by a mile or so every week. I got up to 21 miles about a fortnight ago. I feel OK afterwards. I stretch, warm-down then have an ice-bath for about quarter of an hour, which helps with the swelling of muscles.

“The toughest thing about the challenge is the early mornings in winter when it’s pitch-black outside and raining with gale-force winds howling. There’s little motivation to get up and it’s very tempting to just turn the alarm off, roll over and go back to sleep!”

James has set himself the target of running the marathon, which takes place on Sunday 24th April, within four hours.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to the whole day because people who I’ve spoken to who’ve previously run the London Marathon have told me it’s a unique experience. I’ll particularly enjoy running around the Embankment and passed the Horse Guards Parade because that’s where the finish-line is! I’ll probably get something to eat with Lou and our two girls afterwards and enjoy a few beers before getting the train back home and stretching my legs out.”  

So far James has raised £350 in sponsorship and he is hoping the total will have surpassed the £500 mark before he starts the marathon. If you would like to sponsor James you can do so by visiting his Just Giving page by clicking here.

Adoption UK is calling on anyone inspired by James’s challenge to also get involved. Whether you have signed up for an organised event, like James, or are organising your own fundraising activity, and are thinking about which charity to support, Adoption UK would welcome your support and the opportunity to work together and raise much needed funds and awareness for adoption.

There is a range of events across the UK that you could sign up for with a summary which you can see by clicking here, or call the Fundraising Team on 01295 752260 for more information.