GAP staff like just giving
Three brave GAP staff from across the country have been picked to take part in the London Marathon next April. They’ve each been tasked with raising £2000 to take part – no mean feat. As are the 26 miles they will run next year. All of the money raised will be donated to Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Here, we speak to the participants to find out their motivations for taking part, as well as discover how their training is going.
David Munro is GAP’s Bids & Proposal Manager and is based at our Head Office in Glasgow. He Is responsible for GAP’s tender process.
I’ve always fancied taking part in the London Marathon and I applied through the raffle last year but didn’t get through. It’s such a world-famous, high-profile event and I’m so excited that I’ve been chosen by GAP to take part.
David is not a stranger to fitness. As a Referee for the Scottish Football Association (SFA), he trains five days a week as well as having a match day on a Saturday and sometimes mid-week.
Now I’m training for a marathon, I have changed the type of training I do from short sessions of cardio and strength to long distance running.
Why Marie Curie? “Two of my grandparents were cared for by Marie Curie nurses. They did and do such a good job and it means a lot to me. It’s a bonus that not only do I get to run the London Marathon but that I can also help a charity so special to me at the same time.”
You can sponsor David here
Andy Fletcher is the Workshop Foreman at our Bournemouth depot. He started his training super early and has been running between 5km and 11km three times a week. He said:
The London Marathon has been on my bucket list for years and I can’t quite believe I’ve been picked to run it, it’s amazing.”
“Both my parents have had cancer so I understand how it can totally turn lives upside down, so I am proud to be representing and raising money for Marie Curie.”
You can sponsor Andy here
Sam Howard is part of the Hiredesk team at GAP’s Heathrow Plant & Tools depot. Sam applied for the London Marathon as her and her friends have a list of 30 things to do before they turn 30 and the Marathon was one of them. But she also had a more personal reason.
Sam explained: "My grandad recently passed away from cancer, so I wanted to help raise money for a charity that does some amazing work.”
How did she feel when she was picked? “Apprehensive! It’s such a huge thing but I am also so excited, too. I have started training and I am now running around 8-10km a session.”
You can sponsor Sam here