A Runner and Reader
Among the many determined souls running this year’s London Marathon was Anthony Archer, until the end of April, Chair of the Council for Discipleship and Ministry.
Anthony is a member of the General Synod and a Reader so is used to a life of preparation for big moments, but his journey from running 5K to 26.2 miles was accomplished in just 20 weeks of training. That itself suggests a certain amount of determination and perseverance, known to be essential qualities for both marathon running and Christian life. It is often said that the final four miles of any marathon are down to willpower, physical stamina having deserted most people by then.
Anthony ran for Mencap, wearing the blue ‘Headstrong’ banner of the campaign for mental health fronted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. He raised over £8500.
Donations are still being accepted at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/awavmlm2017
Anthony’s reflection on his achievement – finishing after severe cramp at the 14th mile in 6h 32m, is:
“I now know why the London Marathon is on so many people’s bucket lists! It was the most exhilarating experience and I am grateful to all those who helped me to do it. Getting fit has huge benefits and the process gave me masses of time to reflect, think and pray. If I can become as disciplined spiritually as I needed to be physically, then I really will have achieved something. Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1c).”
He hasn’t given up on another attempt.
Canon hears starting gun
Canon Dave Middlebrook, (left) Vicar of St Luke’s Church Watford, was recently captured at the finish line of the local 10k fun run about a week after the London Marathon… or fifty-one weeks before the next one!
SeeRound Online thinks he looks so relaxed at the end of 10k that he would be starting from a very good position were he to contemplate this move, as would other 10K fun runners, given Anthony Archer’s example (above).
Kathryn Alford – previously Living God’s Love Vision Enabler and a member of Diocesan Synod has already entered the Richmond Park Marathon taking place this month.
We will bring you her story in a future edition of See Round. Meanwhile, go like the wind, Kathryn.