On Wednesday, TFT hosted a pub quiz in London for clients and friends in an effort to raise money for the LandAid Peak to Peak Challenge, in which TFT has a team participating. To take part in the challenge, each participant needs to raise a minimum of £300 for LandAid. Making Team TFT’s minimum requirement £2100!
Thanks to all those who came along and supported us, as well as those who donated to the raffle. We raised total of £708, and with TFT’s promise to match this, £1416! Thank you also to everyone at TFT for donating, we have reached our minimum target.
David Mann runs the Paris marathon for LandAid
Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who has sponsored and helped me raise more than £5,000 so far. I am going to continue fundraising until my 50th birthday on 22nd June by which time I hope to achieve my £10,000 target. Needless to say, any further help would be really appreciated. You can visit my fundraising page here.
On the walk to the start, I was resplendent in my new ‘Marathon de Paris’ T -shirt with the tag-line ‘RUNNING IS LIFE’. I would beg to differ with this sentiment at the moment!
It was a fantastic experience and Paris was so beautiful on a lovely sunny morning. Seeing 55,000 runners mustered along the Champs-Elysees at the start was quite an emotional sight – as was the queue for the toilets!
My favourite part was running along the Seine at 15 – 16 miles and I even managed to accidentally pocket phone my sister to both of our surprises but got some welcome encouragement!
Less enjoyable was the seemingly endless and monotonous pounding of my running shoes on the tarmac and cobbles. This was only equalled by the thump thump thump of the banging house music streamed from my SoundCloud App, which maintained a steady rhythm and has often been my only companion on those long cold training sessions. Today was in fact the first time I’d only worn shorts and a singlet in the last few months.
It was lovely to see so much support for all the runners – so many expectant faces waiting to see their loved ones, a friend or even a complete stranger. The Brits were particularly supportive to me. At times I forgot I had my name and GBR on my bib and wondered why so many people were shouting ‘Allez David’.
Little things make you laugh en route like someone holding up a piece of cardboard and hand written on it: ‘MOTIVATIONAL SIGN’. I was also particularly proud of my ‘Eiffel Tower hat’ selfie at 18 miles. Looking down the route at the ant-like procession, it felt a little like a less flamboyant Gay Pride march, considerably less diverse with much worse personal hygiene!
I have a slight confession to make now: my Brighton Half Marathon was the longest training run I completed! So when I reached the half way mark it felt like I was entering unknown territory. I have to admit that I was carrying a Metro ticket in my bum-bag just in case. That said, at no time did I feel like giving up and letting down everyone who has helped and supported me.
The last 8 kilometres were very painful, mainly in my hip flexors. Around me it became a bit of a ‘Ministry of Silly Walks’ as the task at hand took its toll. On a serious note, it was awful to see so many people being helped by paramedics and connected to saline drips. Victims of dehydration. It made me appreciate that you shouldn’t take on a Marathon lightly.
A huge thank you to my wonderful partner Glen for his patience during training and enthusiasm on the day. Seeing his face periodically through the crowd was a huge boost.
I finished in 04:34:41. I guess a personal best for my first and last marathon … probably!
This year I joined more than 200 property professionals at LandAid’s SleepOut to raise money for their ongoing drive to end youth homelessness. We slept in freezing temperatures overnight with just some cardboard boxes and sleeping bag to experience what it is like to not have shelter every night. Supplied with tea, coffee and hot soup, the fundraisers heard speeches from four formerly homeless young people, played board games to keep distracted from the cold and networked before getting as snug as possible to battle the snow that seeped through gaps in the tin roof the Old Spitalfields Market in East London.
I must admit that I won the prize for the best ‘bed space’ for his victorious ‘Mann Cave’ that made it through the night, which was the real victory, having raised more than £150k for the charity.
David Mann, Damian Wild, Editor of Estates Gazette, and Paul Morrish, CEO of LandAid, along with a few members of their respective teams, limber up in Hyde Park. This ‘fit’ gathering helped launch David’s fundraising campaign as he prepares for the Paris Marathon on 8 April. David is running in aid of LandAid, which support projects that provide life-changing accommodation for young people facing homelessness. David Mann added:
Ahead of my 50th birthday this June, my partner Glen recently asked me what I wanted to do. “Run a Marathon,” I replied, not entirely the response he was expecting. I have done a few half marathons circa 25 years ago and have taken part in the JLL Property Triathlon and LandAid 10k in recent years but never do enough training. Whatever ‘enough’ is? LandAid’s invitation to complete one of my bucket list aspirations on their behalf was too good an opportunity to miss.
TFT gets down and dirty at the LandAid Mudathon
TFT took part in the recent LandAid Mudathon in Dorking. Two teams of 5 competed in the 7k course, tackling over 100 obstacles along the way and helping to contribute to the £6000 raised overall for LandAid and Heartburn Cancer UK. More images can be found here.
TFT gets in training for the LandAid 10K
Clearly the rigorous training paid off as highly respectable individual and team times were achieved in the recent LandAid10K run on Clapham Common.
This raises funds for LandAid, the charity which is committed to ending youth homelessness. We still have a way to go to reach our target figure. If you would like to help us meet our target, and in doing so, make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people, visit our donation page here.