It’s no surprise that the Invosys team like to rise to the challenge and Pre-Sales Project Manager Darren Singleton is doing just that this weekend. He is taking part in the Berlin Marathon to raise funds for a charity that is quite literally close to his heart.
“This weekend I’ll be taking on one of the biggest challenges of my life and running in the Berlin Marathon for the British Heart Foundation, raising both cash and awareness for a wonderful cause.
Last July my Father in Law, Pete, suffered multiple cardiac arrests and despite the odds of just 25% of surviving just one heart attack, he made it out of the other side. My own Dad also suffers from angina and a good friend had recently lost his father to a heart attack, and so keeping hearts healthy was something that had become very important to me.
It was while listening to Pete’s “Father of the Bride” speech at his other daughter’s wedding, when he spoke about how lucky he was, that I was inspired to do something to help raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.
I chose the Berlin Marathon as it was in the middle of this year and as I had only been running since last summer I wanted to make sure that I was fit for the challenge.
Much to my surprise I got an email from the BHF to say I had been successful in my application, and the realisation of what I had done set in! This is when I thought I best let Jen (my partner) know I had applied, and she was very supportive of me as always and told me to go for it.
Since then I have been training 5 times a week religiously, even doing so on my summer holiday to Kos where I was getting up at 6am, and running in a mild 29 degree heat as the sun was just rising.
I haven’t had a proper drink since I started training, and I have lost well over a stone in weight from it too, from watching my diet. It’s fair to say I am taking the challenge very seriously, my determination to succeed inspired by Pete and also from watching my mum fight breast cancer with such courage. Sadly she lost that battle, but it still makes me think of her and gives me my desire to push on.
I’ve really enjoyed the experience leading up to the Marathon, it’s brought new experiences, such as joining a heart start session organised by the BHF where I brushed up on my CPR skills. Hopefully a skill I never need to use, but if it did come to it I would hope that I could help save a life.
I have created my own blogging site www.darrensjourneytoberlin.co.uk which contains more details about my challenge and I would love people to visit my donation page www.justgiving.com/darren-singleton1
I’d just like to thank the support of everybody at Invosys and my friends and family, it has really helped spur me on. I’d love to smash my £2500 target to bits, so please support me in any way you can.”