30th January 2019
O’Keefe group business development manager Michael Louth is running the Virgin London Marathon this year, despite never being a runner before!
Now that O’Keefe Demolition is a member of the NFDC (National Federation of Demolition Contractors), Michael is supporting the organisation by running the marathon on April 28th to raise money for one of its charities – The Snowdon Trust – which provides grants to physically disabled and sensory impaired students studying in the UK.
As part of the agreement to run the marathon, Michael has to raise a minimum of £2,000 which he is hoping will be well beaten to help the charity and its continued good work.
The training involved has been a big change to Michael’s regular routine. He now runs before work (at 4am!) on a Tuesday and Thursday then again over the weekend and wants to get to 15 miles in one run by February.
An occasional gym goer, Michael wants to complete the marathon in no more than 4½ hours. That’s a tall order for anyone who hasn’t run regularly before but it’s not daunting him.
“It’s been quite enjoyable. It’s nice to get a bit of fresh air now and then, even if it is freezing outside,” he said. “It makes you feel so much better is lots of ways. I feel like I’ve lost a bit of weight and I feel more awake and ready for the day ahead.”
Given his new-found love of running, will he keep it up after the marathon?
“Well, I’m sure I’ll need a week or two off,” he said.
To help Michael with his fundraising, please go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/michael_louth