Michael Timbs OH (2010) has completed seven marathons in seven days to raise money for the civil-rights organisation the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Freelance sports presenter and journalist Michael, whose current work includes presenting for Match of the Day and Sky Sports, took on the challenge to raise money and awareness for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
His goal was to run seven marathons across different London locations and his fundraising efforts have raised over £11,000 so far. It has not all been plain sailing however as Michael tore a cruciate ligament during his fourth run. Undeterred, he perservered – walking his fifth marathon and then calling on the assistance of friends to tackle the remaining three challenges which he completed by cycling, scooting and finally, when his leg couldn’t taken any more strain, by being wheeled around in a bicycle buggy.
I’m conscious that I need to learn and listen more but also do more. I took on the challenge to not just raise money for the NAACP but to raise awareness and promote education. It wasn’t easy, but effecting change, however big or small, never is. I’m hugely grateful for all the support, donations and those who ran with me. We’re all in this together.