AN ENERGETIC Warwickshire accountant will be counting the milestones when he takes on the London Marathon for the first-time and is hoping to raise thousands in aid of a children’s charity.
Trevor Day, a partner at Burgis & Bullock, is challenging the iconic 26.2 mile run in October and is aiming to raise at least £2,500 in support of Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Last year he celebrated 35 years with Burgis & Bullock, which has offices in Leamington, Rugby and Stratford and it is his first London Marathon.
The Spa Striders running club member has been training for two years now, after the race was cancelled due to the pandemic, but he is on track now for the Sunday, October 3 date.
He only started running in his early 50s and caught the bug after attending Park Runs with his wife, progressing to 10k events, and taking on his first half marathon in Kenilworth a year later.
It will be Trevor’s second marathon, after completing the Reykjavik marathon five years ago.
Trevor said: “I’m aiming to complete the marathon in under five hours.
“It’s definitely been more difficult to keep training with the postponement and the pandemic, but you have to stick at it and my club mates at Spa Striders have really helped with that.
“Everyone at Burgis & Bullock have also been very supportive and generous with their donations so far. Completing the London Marathon will certainly be a great way to mark my 35-year milestone with the firm.
“I’m hoping to fundraise as much as possible in support of Starlight which is a wonderful charity doing very important work with seriously ill children across the country and locally.
“Starlight brightens the lives of seriously ill children by providing fun, laughter and entertainment to children in local hospitals and hospices helping to minimise their stress, anxiety and boredom.”
Sam Butler, Head of public fund-raising at Starlight, said the charity was grateful for the support of all of its fund-raisers.
“The months of training and the challenge of fitting all those practice runs in to busy schedules does not go unnoticed by all of us.
“To those of you that have supported Trevor – or any of the runners we have out there training through the winter months – you are amazing. Thank you.
“Your gift enables us to support seriously ill children and their families during their most difficult times. Your determination enables us to deliver our wishes and in-hospital services, creating little moments of joy.
“From all of us at Starlight we want to thank Trevor and the Starlight marathon team for being Starlight Superstars! We can’t wait to cheer you on the day!” To support Trevor in his fundraising attempt visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/trevor-day4