At the beginning of the year Rob Jones took on the challenge of completing the Surrey Half Marathon and the London Marathon to raise vital funds for Crossroads Care Surrey and Woking Mind.
Having had time to reflect on his journey Rob shared his experiences with us:
“The road is complete and the marathon journey is officially over, I have been successful in my quest in conquering the 2015 London Marathon. The first four months of this year have been such an epic experience and is more than everything I set out to achieve when my journey began in early January.
Finishing the last few hundred meters along the Mall is a feeling that will stay with me for a very long time indeed, and the emotions ran high upon crossing the line knowing that four months of hard training and relentless fundraising had paid dividends.
The fundraising for both Crossroads Care Surrey and Woking Mind has been a truly amazing experience and one that I have found extremely rewarding; in total I raised over £3,000 and I can absolutely see myself doing more and more charity work in the future for causes I believe in so in that respect this has been a real eye opener for me. Having spoken with Crossroads Care Surrey and Woking Mind after the marathon, I know that the money raised will be put to very good use, supporting causes which are very prevalent at the moment in our society.
I would also like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported me in this journey (I feel like this subject is the only thing I have talked about for three or four months!) The messages I received in the morning prior to the race and the congratulatory messages which I received afterwards gave me a real sense of belonging; and for any marathon runner (past, present or future) it is this support network surrounding you which is what I believe gets you through all the hard months of training and is 100% what keeps you going to the very end… so thank you!”