Paul Walters runs the London Marathon

Report from Saturday 1st September 2001

Building my fitness

Hello, and thank you for reading my first newsletter of the 2002 marathon campaign. I'll briefly mention what my progress has been towards my London Marathon run in April 2002.

I am currently trying to run four times a week, all of these training sessions being run with the Reigate Priory Athletic Club. I have really built on my fitness since the 2001 London Marathon, but have been concentrating on shorter distances, just to try to get fit without being injured. I feel that I may be fitter and faster than any other time in my life - I'll be testing out this statement at the Biddenham 10K in October, where I set a personal best time two years ago. I am running the Great North Run half marathon in two weeks, and the Great South Run ten miles in October. Basically, I've very pleased with the way running is going presently.

I have so far collected 400 towards my collection this year, by selling old computer equipment (mainly on the internet) which would have otherwise been scrapped. The idea here is to reuse equipment, allow people to purchase computers who might otherwise not be able to afford them, and to collect money for the NSF. It is so far going very well, and I hope to be nearer the sum of 1,000 by Christmas.

I have sent off my application form for a place in the London Marathon. However, the NSF will allow me to run with a Gold Bond place (a charity entry) should I fail to get selection through the runners ballot. Basically, I'm definately running.

My brother Morgan will definately be running too. His time last year was such that he has a guaranteed place for the 2002 marathon. Morgan will also be collecting for the NSF this year.

I'll let you know how things are going again soon.

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