Liam Thom from Aberdeenshire has set himself the challenge of raising £20,000 for CLIC Sargent by the time he turns 30 in 2022. His challenges include taking part in this year’s London Marathon.
He said: “I was introduced to CLIC Sargent in 2012 through my old job where I ran for the charity in the Aberdeen Baker Hughes 10k with a friend of mine.
“I didn’t have a personal connection to CLIC Sargent, but also didn’t have any charities close to my heart so when I made the decision to tackle Mount Kilimanjaro in 2015; it made sense to carry on raising money for them.
"Since I first started doing fundraising challenges for CLIC Sargent I’ve learnt more about the charity and I can see how the money helps the people that they support, it’s a really worthy cause. My friends and family pulled together at different events and we raised over £5,000 for CLIC Sargent which was incredible.
“When I got home I was so bored and felt like I needed to do something else, that’s when I knew that the fundraising bug had got me. I looked on the Charity Challenge website to see what they offered and things escalated quickly – I made the decision to tackle six worldwide challenges; including Machu Pichu Trek, Great Ethiopian Marathon and the Great Wall of China Trek trying to raise £20,000 for CLIC Sargent by the time I’m 30.
Applying for the London Marathon
“I’d applied for the London Marathon four years in a row but didn’t get lucky, so I thought I’d chance my luck again for 2017. Amazingly I ended up getting a place so that’s another one to add to my ‘Challenge List’.
“I really wanted to do the marathon because you see it on TV every year and I’m one of those people that like to get involved in anything. I watch it and think “yeah, I could do that!”
“Running is always something I’ve done to keep fit – not at the distances required for the marathon however! I hurt my knee while doing the London to Paris cycle challenge so I had to take some time off to rest that up for a couple of months before I could start the marathon training. So far my knee has been ok, hopefully it holds through the training and on the day!
“When you’ve done other challenges you get into the mind-set that you just trust yourself to do it. I know a couple of people that hit the wall after a few hours; I suppose that’s a worry! But I’m looking forward to doing it, and I’d love to finish it in four to four-and-a-half hours.
“If I struggle at any point I’ll remind myself that the quicker I get finished the quicker I get a pint!
“I’ll also be carrying my flag with companies that have sponsored me for the different challenges on it, which has helped to raise more money for a good cause. It’s helped to raise about £2,100 for CLIC Sargent so far, so it’s a wee idea that’s worked out well.”
Find out more
You can support Liam with his fundraising by visiting his official JustGiving page.
To find out how you can take part in an upcoming running event for CLIC Sargent, please contact our Events team on 0845 602 4770 or firstname.lastname@example.org