London Marathon 2016 & EDS

Here he is! Meet Elliot Hendy the Merit runner for the London Marathon 2016.  Elliot and Merit Group are so excited to be taking part to raise funds for Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS).

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A bit about Elliot:

“Being a personal trainer, working for Virgin Active, I’m lucky to have a job I love and one where I get to push people of all ages and abilities. Hopefully my training, challenges, and events that I take part in encourage them to be the best they can be. I’m sure my clients would say I push them like they’re training for an ironman!!”

We asked Elliot why he has nominated himself for this incredible challenge?

“I love the social side of running, being able to run whenever and where ever, and I love the excitement of races.  Anyone, no matter what level of fitness can take up running.  Whatever your goals; if it’s a run round the corner or a marathon, you have to start somewhere.  Follow a good plan, either written by a coach or from a reputable website. Get a personal trainer with an interest in running, who can give you advice on resistance weight exercises.”

What has he done to prepare for April 2016 so far?

This year, 2015, Elliot completed an Ironman.  For most who have completed an Ironman you’ll find they will say that it is one of the best life experiences ever and by the time you get to that finish line you will have experienced some really extreme highs and lows.  For those who do not know what an Ironman is, you may need to sit down to take in this information! It consists of a Swim of 2.4 miles, a Bike ride of 112 miles and because that isn’t quite enough it is followed by a 26.2 mile run.  All to be completed within 17 hours.

Elliot completed the Outlaw Ironman with his goal of finishing it all in fewer than 12 hours. “My training went from 10 hours a week, gradually increasing to 24 hours a week of swimming, cycling and running for period of 6 months. I truly believe  that you ‘get out what you put in’ and I trained very hard for this, with my girlfriend saying that she became an Ironman Widow for the last 3 months of training!

However, what she didn’t know, was that I had extra motivation to finish the race, as I decided to propose on the finishers shoot.  I’m glad to say I finished in 11.43 and she said yes!”

Keep posted to find out more about Elliot’s journey and training plan for the London Marathon 2016, and how you can help raise funds for EDS.  To make a donation please follow this link:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=elliothendylondonmarathon2016&pageUrl=

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