The final stretch - Genesis staff gear up for London Marathon


Genesis Housing have a final catch up with Sandra Maguire a few days before the Virgin London Marathon 2012. Sandra is running in support of HACT

19 April 2012.

This article was published on the Genesis Housing website on 19 April 2012.

It’s been six weeks since we last met up with Sandra Maguire (Housing Manager), Genesis Housing Association’s representative at the Virgin London Marathon this weekend.  With less than a week to go until she joins more than 36 000 marathon runners bringing London to a standstill for charity, it’s no wonder that her nerves are starting to mount. 

Sunday April 22 marks one of the largest fundraising events imaginable, the Virgin London Marathon.  The event is a huge deal for the hundreds of charity organisations that benefit from the sponsorship of their nominated runners. 

For well over six months, Sandra has been training diligently, two hours a day and six days a week, while juggling her career, studies and full-time role as a wife and mother. 

She recently managed her first half marathon of 20 miles, which has placed her in good stead for the 26 miles she will be running on Sunday, despite a knee injury she sustained while doing it. 

“I pulled the tendon on the outside of my knee during the twenty mile run, so I have to be smart about it and spend more time resting and recuperating now.  It’s fine because it fits in with the suggestions by experts to slow down the training just before the actual marathon.  I’m doing just three mile runs now, every other day.    

“But I will admit that I am getting a little bit nervous as it gets nearer to the day; I just want to get it over and done with now,” she said.

Sandra is joining in to raise money for HACT (Housing Action Charity), a charity that works towards meeting the housing needs of the most vulnerable, disadvantaged and marginalised in our communities through innovative new approaches. 

Already she has raised 76% of her £2 500 target, and is hoping for a sudden surge in sponsorship this week, to hit the mark. 

“Housing is such a basic need for everyone, and the work that organisations like HACT and Genesis do to ensure that the most disadvantaged in our communities have some stability in their lives is critical.  HACT makes such a huge difference to people’s lives, but unfortunately, it just doesn’t have as prominent a profile as some of the bigger charities out there,” she said. 

The money raised by Sandra and the other runners for HACT will be used by the charity on their capacity building work with communities, which include microfinance initiatives, refugee employment programs, and Empty Homes Grant information days.   

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