Next Sunday, at around 10am, please spare a thought for David Fulford, who along with 32,000 other runners will cross the start line of the London Marathon. Before him lies 26 miles and 365 yards (42km).
He won’t be up at the front with the elite runners, or dressed as Tarzan or – my suggestion – a giant vegetable, he hasn’t overcome major difficulties to be there and yet David’s marathon story has run and run. As well as being a personal challenge it is also about building a home, though not for himself.
For around two years now David, 57, has been chasing his dream of raising funds to build a eco-house for Foundation staff. No nebulous dream this, he has already got out of bed to run the London and Berlin marathons and by way of a change walked the 800km pilgrimage to Santiago. He has pledged to raise £20,000 and his mighty efforts have so far raised £16,670. In Caroline Myss speak he has turned wishbone into backbone.
In training since last December, Education co-manager David has been running along the cliff path between Findhorn and Burghead as well as inland. He hopes to complete next Sunday’s marathon in around 4 hours and 30 minutes.