BLG Mind’s Gracie Tredget and her fiancé Michael are taking on the virtual Virgin Money London Marathon on 3 October in memory of much loved colleague Paul Gadsdon, who sadly died unexpectedly in March this year.
Gracie, who is the Mental Health and Wellbeing Service Manager for the Bromley Well service, became Paul’s line manager when he was recruited as a Mental Health Triage Advisor last year, having previously held several other roles within BLG Mind.
Gracie said: “Paul was an infectiously positive and generous person. By running the marathon we won’t just be raising money to support the amazing work BLG Mind do, we’ll also be continuing to spread the word about how important it is to talk about mental health, which Paul was so good at doing.”
The marathon will be a first for both Gracie and her partner, Michael.
“I’ve done 5k and the odd 10k before, but I’m more of a yoga, rowing and horse-riding person,” said Gracie.
“Michael has run a half-marathon before. He’s so good at motivating and pushes me the extra mile constantly. I don’t think I’d be able to get over the line without him.”
The couple have been following the London Marathon 16-week training plan, running at least three times a week in the parks and fields near their Reigate home. Other preparation includes pilates sessions, drinking two litres of water daily and modifying their diet, all of which have helped build their strength and endurance in readiness for the big day.
The pair have planned their 26.2 mile route to end at Reigate’s Priory Park, where family members will be gathered to cheer them home. The couple’s neighbours have also pledged to set up water stations for them along the route.
“Us doing this event has really brought people together. Running the virtual marathon is a great way of connecting communities,” said Gracie.
And she is in no doubt that completing the virtual London Marathon is every bit as challenging and prestigious as completing the official London marathon route.
“Running the virtual London Marathon is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of something incredibly special, because you can achieve it your own way, whether that be running the whole thing, as we plan to do, or walking part of it,” she said.
“It has opened up the opportunities for more people than ever before, and allowed so many different types of people, with different abilities and experiences, to be able to achieve the same goal of 26.2 miles and feel part of the prestigious London Marathon community while raising money for a fantastic cause.”
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