“Two friends who were the same age as me nearly died, which was a real wake-up call. This time last year, I couldn’t run to the end of the road. Now, I’m running my first full marathon.”
The inspirational words of Brad Farrant, good friend of the Make Room Lofts team, ahead of completing yesterday’s Virgin Money London Marathon in 24.1C heat in a fantastic four hours, forty-two minutes and nine seconds.
One of 40,000 runners to finish the gruelling, 26.2 mile race and sponsored by Make Room Lofts, Brad’s story is a motivational one for all those reaching ‘a certain age’ and feeling compelled to make some positive changes to their life.
A year ago, the 42-year-old received the shocking news that a friend the same age had taken a drug overdose and another had suffered a heart attack from ‘overdoing it’. In an epiphany moment, Brad made it his mission to get fit, get healthy and take on one of the UK’s most high profile running challenges – a daunting feat for someone who rarely ever exercised.
“I thought to myself, right, stop moaning about stuff,” he said. “My dad had done the London Marathon before and I made this my goal. You could call it a healthy mid-life crisis. To start with, I couldn’t run to the end of the road. I got up to four or five miles and added a bit more each week, then completed 16 other runs, including the Hackney half marathon, where I live. By last Christmas, I was up to 20 miles and feeling extremely hopeful and determined for the London Marathon.”
As well as realising a personal goal, Brad, who runs his own distribution firm, has also made a difference to the lives of disabled children and young adults by completing the marathon, raising a whopping £2,794.47 for charity Whizz-Kidz.
“I wanted to fundraise for a charity that had a really positive goal and Whizz-Kidz looked really interesting, plus my mum looks after little kids too,” he said.
“I felt excited by the fact my donation would go towards buying electric wheelchairs and other vital equipment that the government couldn’t provide, dramatically improving young people’s quality of life and supporting them to become confident and independent adults. They invited me to visit and meet the kids who would benefit too, which was really special.
“It really has been a rollercoaster of a year and completing the marathon on the hottest of days was fantastic. I’d like to thank James and the Make Room Lofts team for their sponsorship and all their support.”
From the whole Make Room Lofts team, we’d like to say a huge congratulations to Brad, we couldn’t be prouder!
You can still donate to Brad here.