Harpenden man ditching hockey stick for London Marathon to raise money for charity
PUBLISHED: 15:35 16 April 2019 | UPDATED: 15:35 16 April 2019
A Harpenden sportsman has ditched his hockey stick in favour of endurance running at the London Marathon.
Chris Steele is the only Virgin Money London Marathon charity representative for Bede House, a charity which provides a range of support for people living in Southwark.
He is hoping to raise as much money as possible with the 26 mile run, which is taking place on his 40th birthday.
Chris said: “I have always wanted to do it and when I saw it fell on my birthday it was too good a coincidence that I couldn't ignore.”
Normally playing for the Harpenden Hockey Club, Chris has been training using an 80/20 method - 80 per cent endurance and 20 per cent HIIT intervals.
With only a few days to go, Chris is taking on long 35km runs and even used the Harpenden Half Marathon in March to train.
He said: “It is really tough. When I did a long run on Sunday, I never felt any pain like I did when I did the last 5km. It is different to hockey fitness.
“It is in your muscles and knees and ankles and your legs are screaming. It is incredibly painful but you have to get through it and I am inspired by what I have seen at Bede House.”
The charity is linked with the specialist consultancy where Chris works, Control Risks.
“I was blown away by how Bede does so much with its limited resources and how caring the staff were for the many projects it undertakes, which includes caring for those with learning difficulties, support for the young and underprivileged and dealing with up to 150 cases a year of domestic abuse,” Chris said.
“The support is invaluable to so many and I am therefore trying to make the most of the one London Marathon place the charity has.”
He said thinking about what Bede House overcomes on a daily basis puts his own “little challenge” in perspective.
Chris lives with his wife and two young children in Harpenden, and despite enjoying marathon training, said he will probably go back to hockey: “It is not as much fun as chasing a ball around a field.”
Donate to Chris' fundraising for Bede House at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChrisSteele3