London Marathon 17 April 2011

In six months, fifteen days, twenty-two hours and forty-three minutes I will hopefully be standing with twenty thousand strangers in Blackheath, at the start line of the London Marathon. I have just received an email stating that the “accepted and rejected magazines” are in the post.

125000 runners entered the ballot for the Marathon, so obviously my chances of being given a place straight away are slim. If I do not receive a place in the ballot there are more options available for me to make sure I have a place. A number of “charity entries” are available for those who do not gain a place in the ballot. I am very hopeful of gaining a charity entry with Help for Heroes, the charity closest to mine and my family’s heart.

In just three years, Help for Heroes has raised £70 million to support soldiers injured in the line of duty. This includes the opening of the “Help for Heroes Rehabilitation Complex” at Headley Court in Surrey. This building provides the best care possible to injured soldiers, as well as supporting the families of the wounded and was paid for solely by donations to the charity.

I realise that there will be many of you who do not agree with the Iraq conflict. This is no reason to refuse to give money to a charity like Help for Heroes. It is not because of the ordinary soldier that these conflicts are happening. The ordinary soldier is just doing his job. He is risking his life to serve his country. He shows great bravery and honour. If he becomes wounded he deserves the best support and treatment that is possible. Help for Heroes is making that possible.

For me, a quote from the front page of the Help for Heroes website sums up the ethos of the charity perfectly: “It’s about the blokes, our men and women of the Armed Forces. It’s about Derek, a rugby player who has lost both his legs, it’s about Carl whose jaw is wired up so he has been drinking through a straw. It’s about Richard who was handed a mobile phone as he lay on the stretcher so he could say goodbye to his wife. It’s about Ben, it’s about Steven and Andy and Mark, it’s about them all. They are just blokes but they are our blokes; they are our heroes. We want to help our heroes.”

I have decided to dedicate my personal Word Press blog to the lead up to my Marathon run. In due course, I am going to set up a justgiving page which I will advertise through Twitter and Facebook.

The Help for Heroes website can be found at

Jonathan McIntosh


4 Responses

  1. Good for you! Great article and its a great thing your doing!

  2. Excellent cause! Best of luck, I’m sure we’ll all be watching, willing you on.

  3. i started training to do this but when i looked online it was fully booked 😦 good luck

  4. Kirsty, I ended up not getting a place and have decided to run the Edinburgh Marathon on May 22 instead. . They’re still accepting entries if you’re interested in that.

    Good Luck.

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