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Mick’s Marathon: Blog Post 5

ExtraCare’s CEO, Mick Laverty, ran the London Marathon two days ago- Sunday April 28th. Here he tells us how he got on and what he thought of the whole experience.

It’s now two days since Sunday’s London Marathon and I’m starting to slowly recover.

I managed to run the whole way (without stopping) and get round in 4 hours and 46 minutes, which was under 5 hours (my first target) but not the 4 hours and 30 minutes I was (secretly) hoping for. I was well on schedule for 4 hours and 30 minutes until about the 14 mile mark when literally everything started hurting (my ankles, knees, hips and leg muscles) and I had to slow down.

All the same it was a really fantastic experience and the London crowd were unbelievable, providing brilliant support and encouragement the whole way round.

Even though I enjoyed the day, this will be my first and last marathon. The training took up most of my spare time these last six months and the indignity of getting overtaken by a pineapple, a rhino and some bloke dressed as Big Ben (amongst other novelty costumes) will stay with me forever! I did however beat Chris Evans (the celebrity).

I’ll send out one final email in a week or so letting you know my fundraising total, but I’ve so far raised over £51.6k and it’s still rising.

Thank you so much for sponsoring me or pledging sponsorship – I really appreciate it, it made all the grind of training more than worth it and your donation will make a real difference. Every penny I have raised will go towards helping the well-being of ExtraCare residents including those with dementia and those needing end of life support. Additional donations can be made direct via or by contacting our fundraising team at

ExtraCare CEO runs London Marathon