Marathon Training with Richard
Richard Greenwood, Outreach and Communications Manager at Jesuit Missions, is running the London Marathon this Sunday 22nd April after six years of congratulating the team at the finish line.
Why did you sign up for the London marathon?
My job has always been to meet the runners at the finish line and drive them to Mount Street where we give the runners an opportunity to enjoy a massage, hot shower and celebrate their achievement with the rest of the team.
Throughout the years I have seen hundreds of thousands of runners cross that finish line, and they all look like they’ve just been through the worst experience of their life.
In 2017, the Jesuit Missions London Marathon team raised money for Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) working with refugees in South Sudan. It made me realise that running a London Marathon isn’t that bad in the whole context of life. It is a great way to raise awareness of a great cause whilst getting fit along the way!
How many times have you watched the London Marathon? Do you think this has inspired you?
2017 was the sixth year that I’d been helping at the London Marathon since joining Jesuit Missions. But I’ve never actually watched the race; I’ve only been at the finish line and I’ve always been too busy to enjoy the atmosphere. I hope that by running it I will have an opportunity to experience and soak up the atmosphere.
How has your training been going?
I ran 20 miles over the Easter weekend which was a huge achievement and I did two half marathons in March.
We say it’s like running three marathons: the actual race, the training and the fundraising, which do you think is the hardest aspect for you?
I think they’re all equally as difficult. You very much rely on family and friends to support you in all three. It’s a community effort. I know that actual race won’t be a lonely experience and the crowd will pull me along.
What are you most looking forward to on race day?
Except for obviously finishing, I think just being a part of the London marathon and actually seeing it all for the first time. I’m looking forward to doing it and enjoying the experience with the 40, 000 other runners on the day!