One runs for life, and sometimes that life is not one’s own. This is the spirit that contributed to The Salvation Army’s corps officer in Harwich, Lieutenant Victoria Move’s decision to run this year’s London Marathon. She’ll be running to raise funds for struggling families, which will enable them to enjoy some family time away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
The funds raised will enable these families to attend summer camps and explore their Christian faith; something which is very important after a particularly difficult year. In addition to supporting the families, some of the funds will be used to give a bit of a boost to local initiatives.
A journey of 26.2 miles starts with a single step
The London Marathon has been on Victoria’s bucket list for some time, and she now feels that the time is right to conquer the 26.2-mile race, which will be held in October.
This is not the first time that Victoria has run a race to raise funds for The Salvation Army. In 2014, she finished the British 10k, raising £3000 for her then branch of the church and charity in Walthamstow.
Running in support of a charity is all good and well, but Victoria also loves running for its other benefits. “Running not only helps your health and wellbeing but it’s also very spiritual. I get up every morning at 5am and go for a run,” said Victoria.
Early morning runs before work won’t, however, adequately prepare you for a full marathon. You need a training plan to ensure you are fit enough, strong enough, and have enough stamina to cross the finish line.
Fortunately, Victoria has an experienced professional in her corner.
“I have a friend who is a personal trainer who has written me a training plan with hills and short runs through the week and long runs at the weekend. It will help me to not get injured and to maintain stamina. I think I’ll complete the course in six hours. I’d love to do it in five but I’m quite short and slow.”
Dreams come true
Completing the London Marathon has been one of her dreams. So, she was understandably disappointed that the 2020 event was cancelled due to COVID-19. She is delighted that she has the opportunity to achieve her dream this year.
“It’s just an amazing event … There’s a lot of pride being able to run for The Salvation Army. I see the faces of people we supported when I run and the lives we’ve changed as the money is given.”
If you want to support Victoria directly by donating, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/victoria-moye3
If you are interested in running the Virtual London Marathon 2021 or in applying for the Physical London Marathon 2022, please visit https://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/run