We are delighted that Tom Robinson, a motorcycle industry stalwart, who’s worked for both Triumph and Harley-Davidson has decided to fundraise for us by running the Virtual London Marathon. We asked him a few questions about why he’s doing it and what he’s hoping to achieve.
Why are you fundraising for Two Wheels in particular?
I’ve worked for many years in the motorcycle industry and I wanted an opportunity to demonstrate how motorcycles are saving lives in areas where people have little or no access to healthcare. Two Wheels for Life are really doing some amazing things across Africa and I want to help them spread the word of the work that they do to reach last mile communities, using motorcycles.
How do you feel about doing it virtually?
It is a shame that not everyone can run in London this year as it would have been great to witness the atmosphere. However, I’ve always wanted to do the marathon and having my family and friends support me and help me around my 26.2 mile route makes up for all of that.
Where will you run your marathon and how are you choosing your route?
I’ve decided to stay local to home and run in Wrenbury, Cheshire and the surrounding villages. I have chosen to use my usual ‘loop’ so that other people can join me on different laps of the route to motivate me. We are planning on having a little welcoming party on the village green to cheer me on every time I pass through the village.
What are your personal aims for the marathon?
This will be the first marathon I’ve ever run. I turn 40 in September and so this will help me be fit!
Have you run before, what’s your track record?
I have never run a full marathon but I enjoy running. Family life means I don’t do as much as I would like but this gives me a focus to aim for and a big goal to achieve. I’ve rejoined my local running club and now ready to push myself with the training schedule.
What are you most worried about?
I’ve only ever run half this distance, so the strain on my body and in particular my ankles is something that I need to be mindful of. As well as fitting in my training around family life.
How are you going about the fundraising?
I’ll be setting up a Just Giving page and also be regularly blogging on my social media channels whilst out training to encourage as many friends and family as possible to donate to Two Wheels for Life. Support Tom by going to his JustGiving page.
Anything else you’d like to say about the run or the charity?
Thank you to Two Wheels for Life for allowing me to run for their charity. It truly is such a great cause and I’m very much looking forward to running for them in order to provide essential motorcycles to transport vital healthcare across Africa to those that need it most, now more than ever before.