Former English professional rugby league footballer Jamie Peacock MBE tackled the 2017 London Marathon and raised over £10,000 for Wheatfields Hospice, where his dad Darryl was cared for in 2013.
Nearly one year on, we caught up with Jamie to look back on his experience and offer some advice to our 2018 runners.
How did you feel the moment you crossed the finish line?
Relieved and delighted. I set myself a target of four hours and beat it, finishing in 03:55:55. So that was amazing. This may be too much information, but I was also thinking: ‘Where is the nearest toilet?!’
You ran in memory of your Dad. Did you think about him a lot as you were running?
Yeah — a lot during the last 7km, as it was particularly tough. But there was no way I was going to quit. I was absolutely determined to finish.
Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice took care of my Dad in his last few weeks. They were outstanding and the staff made my Dad and my family feel as good as we possibly could in such horrendous circumstances. Raising money for Sue Ryder was the least that I could do to repay them for everything they did for us.
What was your favourite part of the London Marathon experience?
The people-watching! It was great to see everyone running for so many different charities and all the costumes. In particular, running up Tower Bridge was incredible. The whole atmosphere was fantastic.
Would you ever consider running a marathon again? Or maybe doing another physical challenge?
Yes, I will run one again. Along with my rugby commitments I’ve also started boxing, and have a match later this year. I’ll also be doing a triathlon.
Do you have any advice for anyone running the London Marathon this year?
Work hard and enjoy it. Put the effort in during training and you will enjoy the occasion!"
What are your top training tips?
- I try and run during early mornings so it doesn't impact on my family time.
- I don't listen to music as I think you need to be able to push yourself through difficult parts by mental toughness alone, not music.
- I make sure to wear a high-vis colour in winter!
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