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Camden’s homeless inspire marathon runner

A Camden man is running his first London Marathon to help tackle homelessness in the capital.

From Press releases - 13 April 2018 12:00 AM

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Mir Baloch, who is 29, is running the marathon next Sunday (April 22) in aid of Centrepoint, the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people.

He has already raised £2,150 for the charity with the help of colleagues at UK Power Networks by organising an office bake sale and raffle. UK Power Networks is also donating £100.

Mir, a Quantity Surveyor at the company which keeps the lights on in London, said: “The main reason for choosing Centrepoint is that I’m concerned about homelessness. Living in Camden I see a lot of homeless people and that was one of the reasons to help a charity. It was also the favourite charity of one of my late friends, so I’m running in his memory.

“I’m excited about the marathon, but at the same time I also want to get it over and done with because the training has been long and gruelling. I am apprehensive because I haven’t run that distance before, but I’m sure the atmosphere will keep me going.

“It has been a good experience. I started my training in January and it has been quite tough considering the temperatures. It has been so cold for so long and I’ve got used to training in the pouring rain but I feel good, the training has gone well and luckily I haven’t had any major injuries.”
Mir’s fund raising page is here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mir-baloch
UK Power Networks teamed up with a group of Olympic athletes and industry experts to create the unique Your Energy programme, which brings techniques from elite sport into the working environment to improve employees’ wellbeing and safety, by giving practical and helpful expert guidance on how to improve their energy levels.

Through this programme Mir met Olympic rower Toby Garbett. Mir said: “The advice that he gave me was to make sure that I work on shorter faster runs, as well as longer slower runs. This is because the shorter runs improve your cardiovascular fitness and help you to get faster.”