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Marathon puts a spring in engineer’s step

An engineer from Andover who felt out of breath running to the end of his road was inspired to run his first London Marathon for families with disabled children.

From Press releases - 12 April 2018 12:00 AM

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When the Queen kicks off the marathon next Sunday (April 22) Jeremy Wright intends to hit the ground running for his chosen charity, Contact, which provides advice, information and support to families with disabled children in the UK.

He has smashed his original fundraising target by over £700, raising over £2,300 for the charity boosted by support from UK Power Networks colleagues, the company which delivers electricity supplies across a quarter of the UK. The company will be providing a £100 donation.

Electricity asset manager, Jeremy, started working with the charity Contact as part of the company’s future leaders training programme. He said: “In a company of our size, with over 6,000 colleagues, there will be people affected by disability and we are exploring ways that we can work with Contact in the future, so I’m hoping this won’t be a one-off event.

“Meanwhile, I’m really enjoying the marathon training. I joined my local running club, Muddy Runners, I run with friends and have followed a 16-week plan, running at least four times a week and cross-training. I’ve had to buy a new suit, as I’ve got fitter, but I’m not getting rid of the old ones just yet as I’m sure I’ll be need them again in the future.

“I hope it is cold and wet on the day of the marathon because that’s what I’ve been training in since January. I do feel a bit apprehensive, as I’ve never done this before, but the atmosphere will be massive and I know I’ll be swept along by the crowd’s support. I never did any running before this and felt out of breath running to the end of the road.

“Running has made me think about what I eat, what I drink and my whole work life balance. People do a double take when they hear I’m running the marathon. Everyone knows me for playing golf and I thought that was keeping me fit, but this has taken my fitness to another level.”

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. Jeremy attended a session with Olympian Anna Hemmings and received advice from her about his energy programme for the marathon.

Jeremy’s fund raising page is here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JeremylWright