This Sunday, UK2’s COO John Morris will be running the London Marathon.
Growing up in Greenwich, John Morris was no stranger to the London Marathon starting line. As a kid, he’d watch the runners from Greenwich Park, as they ran down Shooters Hill. One year, he even went to cheer on his physics teacher, who was taking part in the race. Despite being a familiar face in the crowd, John never thought he’d be running it himself.
“If my younger self could see me now, he’d say ‘are you crazy? I’m asthmatic,” says John. “But I’d tell him back that I wish I’d started running earlier.”
On Sunday, John will be running the 26-mile course to raise money for Asthma UK. It will be his first marathon, although he’s done half marathons and triathlons in the past.
“I got into running late,” says John. “About 10 years ago, I was at a friend’s house and I don’t know how many bottles of wine we’d had, and he said he was going for a run the next day and asked me if I wanted to come. I did my first competitive race five or six years ago. That was due to peer pressure. Four or five of us run in the village I live in and we signed-up to the Peterborough Great Eastern Run.”
John hopes to get round the course in between four and four and a half hours, although he’s not putting any pressure on himself.
“If I complete it, I’ll be really chuffed,” says John. “I had a place last year, but I had to pull out because of bad shin splints. I should have pulled out earlier, but I’d raised sponsorship money and I felt I had to keep going.”
After the race, John will be meeting up with his family, and the family of a running buddy who has his sights set on finishing the race in less than 3 hours.
“We’ll probably celebrate with a bottle of Champers,” says John.”