Two avid Palace fans, David Shea and Lewis Seaby, take on the London Marathon this year and TEB were keen to share their story in an effort to boots donations to their chosen charity before they embark on the challenge.
Here is David telling us his story behind being a Palace fan and why he has chosen to take part in one of the most challenging sporting events out there.
2020 is the 40 Year Anniversary of the London Marathon. Lewis took part in the event in 2017 and 2019. I did all the training with him for both events without getting the chance to take the final step.
This year is different. Our chosen charity, World Cancer Research Fund UK, kindly opened up a place for me so things are a little different in that the training will be towards taking part in what is a daunting but fantastic event around the streets of one of the best cities in the world.
This will be my very first marathon, at the grand age of 51. Lewis has a few years on me, being just 23. I have become totally consumed by the whole process, it has taken over my life, always thinking about training and fund raising and I am loving every moment of it.
Lewis and I have built up a great friendship over the last few years doing the training,, through all the highs and lows. We could obviously relate to all these highs and lows, having followed Palace for so long!
Training Is Going Well
Having trained with Lewis last year, we have not really stopped running since the 2019 London Marathon, but have really stepped it up since December. We put together a new programme to improve how we approached the training, eating and resting. This has had a huge positive effect, our strength and conditioning have improved so much and we are feeling in very good shape heading into the coming months. Once you have a certain level of fitness it becomes a mental challenge, that is where we have had each other for support.
We are in great shape, running 4 times a week, 3 times a week interval training and a long run at the weekend. We did a half marathon last Saturday and will be doing a 15 mile run next Saturday, followed by a 16-18 miler the week after.
Good progress is being made with fund raising as well but this is where our fellow Palace fans come into play, thanks to TEB!
We did a hole in one golf challenge last weekend which gave us a good boost but there is a long way to go. There are a few other events lined up before the big day.
World Cancer Research Fund UK
WCRF are a leading cancer prevention charity. They fund global research into the links between diet,weight, physical activity and cancer. Their work empowers people to take action to lead healthier, happier, cancer-free lives. They receive no UK government funding and rely on our support in events like the London Marathon.
Lewis approached the charity after losing his Grandad a few years prior to him running the 2017 London Marathon. This is a truly wonderful charity, and we feel privileged to be representing them this year.
Find our more about the WCRF by clicking here.
Well, why not? Lewis has been a season ticket holder for about 16 years and sits in the Lower Holmesdale with his Grandparents, who are also season ticket holders.
I have been going to Palace since 1976, when I started going with my father. As a boy, I lived in Dulwich and was able to catch the bus to Selhurst Park. We stood on the old Whitehorse Lane end to start with before moving to the Holmesdale. One of my earliest memories was that great night in May 1979, it was my 11th birthday and what a fantastic night that was.
That has now been carried on to my son, Samuel, who is also a season ticket holder with me, also in the Lower Holmesdale. More recently my sons first away game, that night at the Amex and of course the play off win there. What we would not do for a bit of that magic again, right?
We have a joint page this year with what we think is an achievable target of £4,400. To donate to the cause, head over to our Just Giving page which also carries our story of why we are running for the charity.
Give Us A Shout
On the day we will be wearing the WCRF charity vest but will incorporate some red and blue in there somewhere! I managed to spot Lewis in 2017 and 2019 at mile 24 and gave him my Palace scarf to cross the line in. If you spot us along the route, by all means give us a shout, we may well need it!