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Tom Huntley running London Marathon for Fields in Trust


GBGB’s Tom Huntley is at it again. After 'hitting the wall' in last year’s London Marathon in Westminster, he is determined to better his time of 4hrs 12mins in this year’s renewal, on Sunday 13th April. He will once again fly the flag for Fields In Trust, the charity set up by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to protect green spaces throughout the UK.

Anyone who saw a burrito-wrapped, teeth-chattering Tom in a Holborn pub after last year’s epic journey would have been forgiven for thinking once was probably enough. But little more than two months later, he was plotting his return to the ticker tape.

Speaking at Procter House, Tom said: “I did say never again, probably a few times after last year. The training is full time and it adds a little stress to home life! Then the hunger returned as I knew I could do better. So I secretly applied and began planning a training regime that would see me break the four hour mark.”

For Tom to receive notice that his application had been unsuccessful put a spanner in the works. His wife Hayley might have been relieved had she been aware of his intentions but he wasn’t to be thwarted. After making his objective known to Fields In Trust, it wasn’t long before his name was added to 2014’s entry.

Tom continued: “Fields In Trust offered me another opportunity and I’ve taken it with both hands. The charity does great work, I’ve got two children and appreciate the importance of protecting the parks and green spaces in our towns and cities. If I can raise some money for a good cause while fulfilling a personal ambition I’m on to a winner. Since last December I’ve been running five or six days a week, clocking up between 160 – 180 miles a month!

“Between us, we raised £6,000 in 2013 and the marathon team was invited to the Fields In Trust awards ceremony at Lord’s which was a really special night for me. If you can, please support the charity again this year by making a donation.”

Fields in Trust are the only national charity that protects our parks and other outdoor spaces so that they will never be built on. They currently protect 2815 fields covering 27,789 acres, that’s an area the size of Bristol. With support the charity will be able to ensure future generations will always have somewhere to play.

Tom’s fundraising page can be visited at http://www.justgiving.com/Thomas-Huntley