On the 2nd March 2018 our Director, Gareth Potsig, suddenly lost his father-in-law Mick to a pulmonary embolism, a blocked blood vessel in your lungs. This was a complete shock to all that were close to him, having only seen Mick 6 hours previously at a family meal where they simply thought he had a chest infection.
In a bid to avoid another family facing the same tragedy, Gareth took the decision to run the Great North Run in September 2018 to raise awareness and funding for Thrombosis UK, smashing his £1000 target and raising £2410.
Though this was not enough for Gareth, and in 2020 he successfully secured 1 of 2 places to represent Thrombosis UK in the 2020 Virgin London Marathon… fast forward nearly 2 years since being awarded his place, and we are only a few days away from the big day!
When Gareth first signed up, he had no idea he would be training for 18 months with the pandemic delaying the 2020 Virgin London Marathon from 26th April 2020 to 3rd October 2021. But Gareth has maintained his motivation including raising money for the charity in October 2020 by running 22 miles to mark World Thrombosis Day and then in May this year, completing the Aintree Half Marathon hitting a new PB of 1 hour 41 minutes.
But it hasn’t been all plain sailing and just 6 weeks ago Gareth fractured his ribs. After being in considerable pain and concerned how this would affect his training schedule so close to the big day, Gareth has managed to continue training which he hopes to finish the marathon in 4 hours 30 minutes.
The rescheduled marathon means a clash with Liverpool’s Manchester City game on Sunday which Gareth will miss to run the marathon. For those that know Gareth’s passion for football and in particular Liverpool FC, this shows just how close the cause is to his heart (it also gives him more motivation to make sure he finishes in 4 hours 30 minutes having worked out he might just then be able to catch kick off at a nearby pub close to the finish line!)
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See you on the finish line…