Ben Delahunty-Jones prepares for second London Marathon in aid of Teens Unite

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15 April 2019
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Ben Delahunty-Jones prepares for second London Marathon in aid of Teens Unite

We are incredibly proud that Teens Unite supporter Ben has decided to take on the iconic London Marathon in aid of Teens Unite for a second time. We caught up with him recently about his fundraising and training progress - he is well on track to tackle 26.2 miles on 28th April and has well exceeded his fundraising target of £2,000 with two weeks still to go! 

"The training has been tough, especially when it’s been cold but I’ve enjoyed getting into it, following the VMLM advanced training plan.

I ran the marathon through Teens Unite 2 years ago so I know what to expect this time which is good, and a little less daunting.

It’s completely taken over my life, but it really helps knowing that I am raising money for such a worthwhile charity, so that really spurs me on when I think I can’t go on. I hadn't taken a day off of the 16 week schedule I was following until I got sick, but I'm glad I managed my last long run (22 miles) before the big day.

I had to have a few rest days after that but I'm getting back out running now, although I am tapering off (doing less & shorter runs) as it’s less than 2 weeks to go until the marathon now so I need to prepare my body!

I'll be carb loading the week leading up to the big day which you'd think would be great eating all those carbs, but it's hard eating so much. I’m looking forward to it all being over but will miss training to such a strict schedule.

I can’t wait for the day, all the support of the London crowds is rather special and I'm looking forward to Teens Unite cheering me on as I run over Tower Bridge.

I’ve really thrown myself into the fundraising. I've had lots of help from friends and family which has been great. I held a fundraiser night on 23rd March which was a huge success. Approximately 100 people attended, and the night consisted of bingo, a raffle and an auction. I was so lucky to have so many great prizes including theatre tickets for West End shows, meal vouchers, tickets to various London attractions, signed merchandise etc. We raised a total of £5,735.50 on the night which I am so pleased about.

I did a talk about the charity and what Teens Unite do and throughout the night we also played video of the Activity Stay. Last time I was invited to a celebratory dinner with the young people Teens Unite support and I could see first hand just how important Teens Unite is to them and to their families.

Being young can be tough enough with everything being a teenager brings, but I can’t imagine what it must be like to be told you are ill. The work Teens Unite do to build the confidence of these young people as well as forming strong friendships is something that is immeasurable. The work Teens Unite do inspires me and that is why I want to raise as much money and awareness as I can.

I also know how much the House of Teens Unite would benefit the lives of these young people now and in the future.

Now I’m just hammering it up on my social media to try and get more sponsors. I raised just over £7k last time and I'm hoping to beat that this year!"

To show Ben your support, please click here to visit his sponsorship page.

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