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Luke Harman London Marathon Profile

Celebrating his 30th birthday with a sweat on and hopefully a smile, is Football Association's Luke Harman.
Luke Harman (cropped) (cropped)

Partnership's Manager at the Football Association Luke Harman, is making his first ever marathon one to remember by celebrating turning 30 just three days before the big run.

Luke is one of #TeamSFH racing in memory of a loved one for the hospice, after losing his godmother Frances Garrett in 2000.

Frances stayed inpatient unit at Saint Francis Hospice where she received care for breast cancer and Luke has supported the charity ever since.

"She was my mum's best friend, and although she wasn't direct family, she was still family."

Luke fondly remembers visiting Frances on Christmas day in 1999, aged 11, and being struck by how "peaceful the hospice was."

"It means everything to be running for the hospice as it's something I've always wanted to do.

"It's bigger than just me; it's about raising money and awareness for the charity.

"I am excited as it will be a proud day for me, but there's also the fear of the unknown and not knowing what's coming."

As a marathon beginner, this is a real challenge for Luke who has helped the hospice over the years. He's bought numerous lottery tickets and sponsored a nurse on occasion, assisting wherever possible.

Luke Harman

Luke at the London Marathon evening

"I've not done anything on this scale before apart from a few 10ks, and that's the furthest I've ran so it's a bit terrifying.

"Currently I'm 50% nervous and 50% really excited, I'm sure that will probably be how I feel on the day."

"I'm going to try and keep positive all the way round, and if I hit the dreaded wall, I'm going to try and remember why I'm doing it and what I'll achieve at the end of it."

FA's Luke says it helps him to mix up his training during the week, doing two short runs to keep the legs moving and doing a longer run at the weekend.

"On a Monday I do a shorter run with colleagues, which always goes quicker because you're chatting away to people."

Like many others, Luke enjoyed a well-deserved break over the New Year after some great pre-Christmas training. But now he's back on track and is excited, but still anxious about what else he needs to do over the coming weeks.

"My main goal is to get that medal at the finish and raise loads of money for the hospice."

Luke has planned a quiz night on the 10th of March, at a local community centre in Brentwood. For £10 a ticket you can get quizzical with some fish and chips, and all for a 

helping hand!

You can sponsor Luke via his JustGiving page below...