Now For The Marathon, by Graham Carter

I’m still pinching myself.

After 4 unsuccessful general ballot entries I decided to apply for a charity place in the 2012 London Marathon through Back Up and today I found out that I have been successful.

If I could travel back in time and share this news with my younger, athletically challenged self he would never, ever believe it possible.

I challenged myself to run 10 miles in 2005 (the Great South Run). Then I ran it again, and again, and again, completing my 7th this year. Seeking a new challenge, I decided to take part in the Great Gorilla Run (8km) and recently signed up for the Santa Run (10km). Just for fun and to do something different for charity.

I wanted to run a marathon before I reached 40. While I reached that milestone in March this year the desire to test myself over such a distance remained. Can I really run 26.2 miles? Why not? I never thought I could run 10 miles but I did. I’ve read about so many people from all walks of life, of all shapes and sizes, who’ve run a marathon and the likes of Andy McMenemy (aka @AndyMcMenemy, 66 marathons in 66 days), Mark Allison (aka @rungeordierun) and Simon Buckden (aka @100mara100weeks, running a marathon every week for 100 weeks) provide inspiration that anything is possible with determination, dedication and self-belief.

Now it’s my turn to prove that I can join those who’ve completed a marathon. What better year to do it than when London hosts the 2012 Olympics.

I’d also like to say a big thanks to you guys over at Maximise Potential – your podcasts really helped my get through my training runs. I particularly enjoyed your interview with Matthew Syed and his book Bounce, which really helped me get my head around accomplishing big goals. Keep them coming!

If anyone wants to say hi or keep up with my running updates, please come and visit my blog at

Hi Graham,

Thank you very much for sharing your story on the site – we hope it will be the first of many!

It’s great to hear how the podcast and website are helping people go after their goals and take on challenges that they previously thought were out of their reach. As you rightly say, a few years back you didn’t think you could even run 10 miles – now look at where you are.

It just shows how big goals happen if you are prepared to take small steps on a consistent basis.

Keep us posted and keep the feedback coming!


About the Author

Hi, I'm Tom Burkinshaw, I co-produce the Maximise Your Potential Podcast and Website and my goal is to help as many people as possible be successful in life, careers and business, by offering free coaching and mentoring through a series of unique interviews from inspiring people who all display exceptional self-belief, mental toughness and desire to achieve. Thank you for taking the time to visit Maximise Your Potential!