Company director raises £1000 for National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society by running London Marathon

Longman Media Co. company director and founder Jack Longman ran the Virgin Money London Marathon on the 3rd of October 2021 and has now successfully raised the target goal of £1000 for UK charity NRAS - The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society. Here's what Jack had to say about the whole experience:



"When I was first accepted into the ballot in late 2019, I couldn't believe it. I know runners who have tried to enter that way for almost a decade with no success, so to get in first try... I knew I was lucky.


Completing the marathon was a huge personal goal for me in my life, as I had watched my father do it 6 times whilst growing up in the 1990's and always dreamt of following in his footsteps running it myself one day.

However, I started to feel like I shouldn't just run it for personal reasons and choose a smaller /lesser known charity or cause that would benefit from the support.


I started conversations with the lovely folk at NRAS in late 2019. They were pleased to hear that I was going to run for them, as apparently I was one of 5 runners on the track! They sent me an awesome care/fundraising package complete with an awesome vest with my name printed on!


Jack's marathon kit courtesy of NRAS!


The reason I chose this charity is mainly because Rheumatoid Arthritis is the illness that my wife's grandfather John Game, suffered with most of his life. It is a vicious disease that causes many side effects and complications that John suffered with for most of his later life.



Jack ran in memory of his wife's grandfather. A long time suffer of Rheumatoid Arthritis.


John was a kind and loving man who would always talk to me about business, having goals and aspirations in life.


I set myself the goal of a £1000, which being honest I didn't know if I could reach or not, but I knew that anything would help this charity as it's not a massive organisation with a huge team.


I started training in November 2019, as I was originally meant to run it in March 2020, but of course that event was postponed until October, and then postponed until this race.


This caused a few issues. In the initial lockdown, I carried on training and kept my fitness at Marathon level pretty much throughout, then when the race was postponed for a second time in September 2020, I lost motivation and my mental health suffered greatly. Training fell by the wayside and as a result my fitness did too. I ended up becoming injured and had to go through physio with the fantastic Dr Annie Bass at Optimal Spine & Sports Dimensions in Blackfriars.


As the newly scheduled race drew closer, I was feeling nervous both about my fitness (due to injury) and hitting the goal for the charity. So I decided to reach out to my personal and professional network both in person and on LinkedIn to raise awareness for my fundraising page and gather donations.


I was absolutely blown away by the support I received, it really helped me get round the course on the day, knowing that I had the support of so many friends, contacts, clients and family behind me. As I crossed the finish line on the day, the wave of emotion and achievement was like nothing I had felt before.



View from the finish line of London Marathon 2021

So I wanted to thank everyone who donated to the fundraising campaign in any way, on behalf of Longman Media Co, my family and NRAS! This money will make a great difference to a charity that does fantastic work for a relatively unknown disease, that affects so many people.

Longman media Co. director/director Jack Longman after completing London Marathon 2021

Thanks guys!" - Jack xo


To find out more about National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, click the links below:

NRAS: https://nras.org.uk/


Donate: https://nras.org.uk/donate-now/

Social:

IG: @nras_uk

LI: https://www.linkedin.com/company/nras/

Tw: https://twitter.com/NRAS_UK