I ventured out once more into the fray, completing my third challenge of the year, the Coventry Half marathon, on behalf of Barnardo’s Children’s charity.

The Annual event began in Coventry in 2005 under the name the Godiva half marathon and has been run every year since apart from last year due to the ‘beast from the east’ Taking place on March 24ththe run starts in the City Centre and winds out through Allesley, towards Corley before heading back into the city. 

With a personal target time of 2 ½ hours, which I smashed, taking just over 2 hours 12mins to complete, my overall online fundraising now totals £815, with further cash donations pledged that will see me pass the £900 mark.

“This was a great event over 4000 runners took to the streets of Coventry for a number of great causes, the atmosphere was brilliant, the weather was fantastic and support from friends and family helped me get to the end in a time I’m really happy with. I saw other runners supporting Barnardo’s so hopefully we’ve done something to help raise awareness for this great cause”

I was joined on this event by an old friend, Nathan Tierney, also originally from Hinckley, who entered the event unbeknownst to me and surprised me the week before.

“Without Nathan (Tierney), running with me, I doubt I would have got close to the time I wanted. His support all the way round was inspirational.”

“The Charities chosen support those causes that affect nearly every family, so hopefully, people can make a connection to one or more of the events. My plan is that by completing the year I will raise more awareness for all the charities involved.”


Following on from the 10K in January, March sees me attempting my first Half Marathon for Barnardo’s Children’s Charity.

As a proud father of a beautiful daughter, the very idea that these innocent creatures would be exploited in any way and not given the best possible opportunity in life tears my heart out. I would do anything to protect my daughter and Barnardo’s work tirelessly to make sure every child has access to the same protection no matter their situation or circumstance.


This months Challenge sees me running the Coventry Half Marathon on March 24th.  The Marathon 2019 takes runners through the streets of the city centre into the West Midlands countryside. They will go from urban to green in a very short space of time.

My race starts in Millennium Place which leads onto Radford Road before heading into Allesley.  As the race leaves Browns Lane, I’ll enter quiet leafy lanes with a long gentle climb.  Following this there is a 400m downhill run which leads into the final climb. The race is billed as being challenging but fun at this point which is about 8 miles into the run.  Tamworth Road will take me on another downhill section back into the suburbia that is the Coundon area with great views of the city centre skyline.  Finally I’ll be entering the home straight, where i’ll head down Radford Road to the finish outside the beautiful Coventry Cathedral.  Again this will be the farthest single distance run I have completed up to this point in my year of challenges.


Nathan Tierney

My old mate Nathan will be joining me in Coventry on the 24th. A seasoned long distance runner Nathan’s experience will be invaluable on the day.


We help transform the lives of the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK.

We listen to them. We believe in them – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through.  This belief started with our founder Thomas Barnardo, who stood up for the most vulnerable children in society.

Barnardo’s protects, supports and nurtures the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people.

“Our vision is his vision – a world where no child is turned away”

As one of the UK’s leading children’s charities, we worked directly with 301,100 children, young people, parents and carers in 2017-18, running over 1000 vital services across the UK.  We build stronger families, safer childhoods and positive futures.

We also use our original research, based on the direct work we do, to influence the government on issues affecting children and young people raise public awareness of issues affecting children and young people