Structure-flex Runners Break the London Marathon
Employees Nathan Goff and Sean Goldsmith raced to the London Marathon finishing line to raise over £4,000 for Break, the Norfolk charity that supports vulnerable children.
Nathan and Sean trained hard for the last nine months to prepare for the challenge and, although both men have been involved in sport before, neither had run a race of this distance yet alone complete it.
Nathan, Technical Detailer at Structure-flex, commented: “Running the London Marathon was just a brilliant experience. It was quite overwhelming to start with but when the race got under way the excitement kicked in and cheering from crowds of thousands carried you on to the finish line.
“It was amazing to complete the race but running for Break was the real motivation. It is such a worthwhile local charity that we wanted to raise as much money as possible for them and help change the lives of young people and their families.”
Nathan and Sean exceeded initial their goal of £4,000 and are looking to continue to raise as much money for the charity as possible. Nathan continued: “Since we set out fund-raising, we have been involved in all sorts of events with our Structure-flex colleagues from making collections outside the local supermarket and holding Christmas market stalls to raffling hampers at work.
“Training was arduous and beyond anything that I’ve done before. Sean picked up an Achilles tendon injury and I’ve had a back issue but we were committed to completing the challenge and raising money for such a worthwhile cause.”
It was a record-breaking year in terms of total runners for the London Marathon as 40,382 took to the course in the nation’s capital. Nathan completed the Marathon in a respectable 5hrs 5mns with Sean crossing the finishing line in an even quicker time of 3hrs 42mns, a little behind men’s winner Daniel Wanjiru at 2hrs 5mns.
Sean, Shop Floor Supervisor at Structure-flex, said: “The London Marathon is an iconic race and to have the opportunity to be part of the event is an enormous honour. After participating in the Hunny Bell Cross Country last year, Nathan and I were given the chance to do the London Marathon but I never expected it all to be so challenging.
“We trained together and separately for the event, running with the North Norfolk Beach Runners and Nathan completed the Norwich Half Marathon. The impact on the body is far more than I anticipated but we gave it our all and are delighted to have raised more than our £4,000 target.”
Structure-flex has a history of supporting charitable events and the company and staff have helped the men in their attempt to raise money for Break. Over the last year they have been involved in a number of fundraising activities for the charity and anyone wishing to support Sean and Nathan in their fundraising can still donate at their JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Team-Structure-flex-Ltd.