Nowadays, I run half marathons. But I ran two marathons several years ago. I remember it all so well: the challenges, the joys and the ginger-haired woman who shat herself in mile 15.

My personal best for a marathon is 4hrs3mins, which was my finishing time in 2005. Since then, a succession of my friends have entered marathons and, to my huge relief, none have beaten my time.

But I’m genuinely worried that my friend Damian Schogger is going to smash it. Damian is keeping video blogs about his training for the forthcoming London Marathon. He seems to know what he’s talking about and is clearly taking it all rather seriously. This is potentially devastating.

Damian is running the marathon to raise funds for World Jewish Relief. As he writes on his fundraising page: “WJR does a phenomenal job supporting projects for some of the most needy people – Jewish and non-Jewish – around the world. So please show your support for me and them by donating whatever you can afford, and helping raise as much money as possible.”

Good man, Dazza. May you raise lots of money – and finish in 4hrs4mins.

5 Responses to “Don't even think about it Damian”

  1. Damian says:

    Thanks for the vote of confidence and much appreciated support Chas ;-)

  2. adam kinsley says:

    Go Team WJR. Go Damian

    Chas, as youve kindly tweeted, im also running for WJR. I can assure your record is under no threat from me!! Until some man flu last week, training was going well. Gotta hit it hard again this week

  3. Mason says:

    a sunshiny day! There’s no reipce this time, just a gorgeous photo – one of many taken by Andrea Dozier for her son’s Lemondrops and Gumdrops first birthday party. I’m always in awe of

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