London Marathon 2017 profile - Spencer Littlechild
Running his first ever marathon, Spencer Littlechild’s journey to conquer 26 miles in London this April has been far from straightforward.
Usually found on two wheels rather than two legs, the 40-year-old police officer is a member of his local cycling club in Hornchurch and is married to a triathlete.
With two children, aged six and 11, finding the time for training around his wife’s competition schedule, his job and family commitments can be challenging.
Rising earlier than the normal crow call at the weekends has been essential for Spencer to fit in the miles, complemented by running to railway stations to catch the train to work, with the odd cycle ride thrown in here and there.
Spencer with his 'Reason to Run' message
And while he has never fully recovered from a serious injury sustained early on in the training process, he's determined to break through the pain barrier for the hospice.
“I was over in the USA, and was running through Central Park in New York when I felt my Achilles tendon go. I couldn’t train for more than two weeks,” said Spencer, from Hornchurch.
“Once I was back on the road, finding the time to fit training in and trying to motivate myself to get up and go for a run in the cold weather was so difficult.
"My Achilles is still causing me problems and I've had to have physio, but I’m really looking forward to the actual day of the London Marathon. Hopefully I’ll have my family there and members of the cycling club to cheer me on, plus the team from Saint Francis Hospice.
Spencer with his son Freddie
“I’m doing it for them for a few reasons. My mum died of cancer three years ago and Saint Francis Hospice provided her with a wheelchair and my dad passed away several months later.
“The hospice is also Hornchurch Cycling Club’s main club charity, so we’ve been raising funds for them for a year. It’s my first marathon and I can’t wait for the day to come, mainly for the crowd but also the finishing line!”
To sponsor Spencer visit justgiving.com/spencerlittlechild.