10/08/2020 – The Wait Goes On

As you will probably have seen late last week, the 2020 London Marathon was again postponed, this time until October 2021.

We had been attempted to gently up our distances and ‘time on the feet’ in the past month, in case the unexpected happened and the race was on, but we both knew in our hearts that this was extremely unlikely. It still comes as a massive disappointment.

Sue has been suffering from anemia lately, which has hampered her training, somewhat. As per last year, struggling with the heat has been my own issue and that damn glute pain, whilst easier is still there. It would be very tempting to simply ease right off now, but we do feel we have a responsibility to our wonderful sponsors who committed early to us.

Our charity fundraising pages will remain live until we actually get to run the race and so we have set ourselves some fresh challenges for the autumn:

We will both be ‘competing’ in the virtual Great North Run – a Half Marathon distance on Sunday 13th September.

This will involve starting at 10am from home and running 13.1 miles, mostly following the undulating Beckenham Half Marathon route (that was also supposed to be on the same day) .

Similarly, we will be entering the virtual London Marathon on Sunday 4th October.

On the day that the London Marathon was due to be run, we have both entered the virtual race instead, which gives us the day to complete 26.2 miles in our own time.

Less than a week later, on Saturday 10th October, we have entered, as part of a team, into the Palace for Life Marathon March.

This is an actual 26.2 march through South London which takes place just 6 days after we will have completed our virtual London Marathon. We have both always wanted take part in this event, which is in it’s fourth year now. The date coincides with the October International break and, in other years, we have either been away or competing in races over that weekend. This year, however, we have decided to go for it!

We have both entered as part of a team called Just One Lombardo! Kate Thompson is our team leader and Si Higgins completes our four-person team.

The team is raising money for the Palace for Life Foundation and you can find out more details about the work this amazing charity does in the South London area and also how to sponsor the team here:

We do realise that many our of readers will have already sponsored us for the Marathon, but I think most of you will also know either Kate and Si, so we hope you will considering sponsoring them too.

That’s some serious mileage we intend to rack up, including two Marathon distances within a week and hopefully giving our sponsors some ‘value’ for their treasured Charity donations.