A Marathon Contribution to Crisis
For almost ten years, Nick Abbey, the Chief Executive of the ExtraCare Charitable Trust in Coventry, has been running the London Marathon in support of Crisis. Nick, aged 55, has raised almost ?70,000 in total since he first had the idea, and this year he will undertake the marathon one final time.
Nick is the Chief Executive of The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, which is a care providing organisation based in Coventry. He was first inspired to do the marathon in the year 2002. He said:
"I had not been running before and The London Marathon inspired me, so I contacted Crisis, the charity for single homeless people. They had Golden Bond tickets for entry and said I could have one providing I could guarantee to raise at least £1,200 for them; I raised £10,000! I enjoyed it so much I entered in 2002 and continued running."
Leslie Morphy, the Chief Executive of Crisis, said: "Crisis are extremely grateful for the dedication and generosity that Nick has shown with his fundraising. Running 260 miles in a decade is an amazing achievement."
This year, Nick will run his 10th and final London Marathon in aid of Crisis, bringing down the curtain on his running career, but he hopes to go out with a bang. He said:
"As this is my final year I would have liked to better my best time of 3 hours, 49 minutes, but I have recently undergone surgery on my knee. If I don't manage to do it, hopefully I won't come right at the back either!"
Nick has contributed a lot to Crisis, and we would like to thank him, and wish him good luck for the race.