All for a good cause
Micheal Cape... Fighting crime, one marathon at a time
We caught up with Michael Cape, Head of Shared Operational Services on the IMR W / IMDS for Anglian Water. Since the lockdown, Mike has signed up for the October 2020 London Marathon and the Oxford Half Marathon… seven days later!
Mike will be running to raise money for a charity close to his heart called CrimeStoppers, an independent charity that gives you the power to speak up to stop crime, 100% anonymously.
Keen to find out more, we had a quick Q&A with Mike about his affiliation with the charity and what inspired him to sign up…
Q: Congratulations on being selected for this year’s London Marathon and the Oxford Half Marathon, what drove you to take part?
Thank you, or is that commiserations 😊. I think it was the lockdown isolation and the resulting moment of madness that made me do it….
Only kidding. I blame Ronan Clancy. His marathon running efforts inspired me to pick the sport properly back up after just doing small morning runs (Around 2-3k) for a long time and get back to a good level which I achieved back in the day with Cross Country.
Completing a marathon has always been on my bucket list of things to achieve and doing the London Marathon tops that list.
Knowing the 2020 London Marathon had been postponed to 4th Oct 2020 and also knowing that charities are struggling across the country at the moment with a lot of their normal fundraising activities being cancelled due to COVID19, felt like the ideal time to actually do something and help (I’ve never fundraised to this extent before). I had already signed up to do the Oxford Half on the 11th Oct and decided instead of cancelling this to make my challenge even harder (And thus hopefully raise even more for my charity) and take both on in the space of 7 days. Albeit I think the 11th Oct I will be hobbling due to the pain rather than running full steam…
Q: You are running for the charity Crimestoppers, can you tell us more about this charity and what they do?
Crimestoppers is an independent charity that gives people the power to speak up and stop crime – 100% anonymously.
Information received into the charity has directly resulted in more than 145,000 suspects being arrested, over £140m worth of goods being recovered and more than £347m worth of drugs being seized, not to mention the countless occasions that a crime that might have normally occurred has been prevented.
They believe that everyone has the right to feel safe from crime. Whoever they are, wherever they live, from communities to companies. They also share advice on how to protect the people you care about from crime so everyone can feel safe.
Visit Michael’s fundraising page to read his full story (http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MichaelCape)
Q: How is the charity coping at this time, and how will your donation help?
I know having spoken to the charity over the past few weeks that they, like most other Charites at this moment in time are struggling financially due to the impact of COVID-19 and their inability to fundraise through their normal events etc…
I feel that nationally if we don’t do something about it, we risk losing a lot of the UK charities that help make our country what it is today.
Your donations through Virgin Money Giving are passed on directly to the charity on a weekly basis, and thus anything donated will have a direct positive impact now.
Q: How are you managing your training during lockdown?
I am currently focusing on building my aerobic capacity by going out most mornings at around 5:30am (This time also helps with my social distancing at present as the footpaths have become full with many people using the current circumstances to get out and take up running, which is great to see) and getting a 10k run in. I will enter my formal training block for the marathon at the start of June, which will see me increasing my weekly mileage to around 50 miles per week during the most intense weeks. I then also focus on building my core strength in the evenings and learning / researching fuelling strategies which I will need to start doing on my longer runs.
Q: What is your main goal on race day?
Like most people, I think I need to be pragmatic about what I can achieve on my first marathon and the top priority is to ensure I finish. More than that I would love to achieve a sub-4 hour marathon, but the key right now is going to be getting through my training uninjured and as fit as I can be. I think just taking part in such an iconic event as the London Marathon (As cliché as it sounds) is already an achievement and whilst doing so, raising funds for charity will only but enhance the event/experience.
Q: And what’s the first thing you’re going to do after the marathon?
Sit down. 😊 (And start to think what an idiot I have been as I still have the Half Marathon in 7 days’ time)
Q: What happens if the London Marathon doesn’t go ahead in Oct?
This is a very real risk to be completely honest. We just don’t know what’s going to happen just yet and whether or the government will allow such a large scale event to proceed in October. If it does get further delayed or cancelled, then I will get a deferred entry into the 2021 or 2022 events. Either way, I will definitely be completing my challenge, just might not be as quickly as we hope. If the event in October is cancelled we will look at how to offer refunds to donations if anyone would like to take this option or hold the fundraising page open until I can complete the challenge. Here’s hoping it is safe for all to run in October.
Knowing this risk, I have actively sought to get my fundraising underway now (As opposed to waiting to see) because of the financial strains on charity’s and thus knowing our efforts now are needed more than ever.
For more information on CrimeStoppers please visit their website.