Final preparations for Swanswell’s London Marathon runner

17 April 2012

There’s less than a week to go before Swanswell team member Ian MacKenzie joins over 35,000 runners for the Virgin London Marathon.

The Senior Practitioner from Birmingham is doing his final preparations ahead of the 26.4 mile run around the capital on Sunday 22 April 2012.

Ian’s hoping to raise around £1,000 to help Swanswell - a national charity which helps people overcome drug, alcohol and other problem behaviour – achieve its ambition for a society free from problem alcohol and drug use.

In the build up to the marathon Ian’s been running around 40 miles a week, including several 20-mile sessions. Ian also bagged his personal best for a half marathon last month, finishing the course in 1 hour 47 minutes.

He said: ‘It’s been a pretty intense winter of training but I’m really looking forward to the big day on Sunday.

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve cut down my running to no more than 20 miles a week to make sure I’m not tired out for the race (tapering), so I’m hopeful all of this training has paid off and I complete the course in good time.’

It’ll be the first time that Swanswell and Ian have taken part in the annual event, which passes many of London’s landmarks including Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace.

Ian added: ‘I hope the London Marathon will highlight the similarities of an individual’s journey through recovery from alcohol or drug misuse.’

In 2010/11, Swanswell invested over £4.4 million in alcohol and drug treatment, helping more than 7,000 people using face-to-face support and over 90,000 people through online clinics at Netmums.

For every £1 spent on alcohol treatment, £5 can be saved for the UK economy. For every £1 spent on drug treatment, £2.50 can be saved.

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