Becky Wilkinson is our third marathon runner for next year’s London Marathon. Here is why Becky is taking on the challenge and practising what she preaches:
“I am 24 years old and I am currently living in Norwich working as a Sport Coordinator at the University of East Anglia (UEA). My role includes managing the social sport & recreation programme, UEA and sport events and the marketing & social media channels. I have been in this role for just over three years after graduating from the University of Lincoln with a Sport and Exercise degree.
“Almost all my time is taken up by physical activity and sport, through my work and my social life. I have always been heavily involved in sport (probably since I was about 3 months old when my mum first took me swimming!) My main sport has always been swimming and prior to university, I competed at regional and national level.
“While at University I set up and competed for the University Swim Team however I also decided to try something new, so a big part of my leisure time was spent being part of the University Rowing Team. Nowadays, you will almost always find me in the swimming pool, gym or in a body pump class! I have also recently got back into competitive swimming and competed in my first National Competition since ‘retiring’ from competitive swimming when I was 16.
“I am also a big foodie, and I love eating out as well as cooking at home, especially baking. I am always making cakes for family and friends birthdays so cake sales will play a big part in my fundraising for the marathon!
“I have always wanted to run in the London Marathon (I have actually entered the ballot 6 years in a row but never managed to get a space!) as I love a challenge and this really will be a challenge for someone who clearly loves water based activities! I have only ever taken part in running as a way to keep fit so my main aim is to complete the marathon, but I am sure my competitive nature will come through and I would love to complete it in under 4 hours.”
“I’m so pleased to have been given this opportunity to run for London Sport because I can raise money for such an amazing cause. Since working in sport development, I have become more aware of the barriers to making sport inclusive for all. I am really happy to be running for a charity which is working towards making London the most inclusive capital, as well as giving everyone the chance to have the same sporting opportunities which I have had throughout both my social life and career.
“My job role is all about getting more people active so during my training, I will be encouraging people to come along on runs and bike rides with me. I will also be entering a few other running events in the lead up to the Marathon, and I’m hoping my friends, family and work colleagues will join me in challenging themselves and entering some races!”
To keep track of Becky’s marathon training preparations and fundraising efforts, please visit the following links:
My Virgin Money Giving fundraising webpage: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BeckyWilkinson1