This week’s blog continues our “Meet the team” blog series, introducing our fundraisers to the Findacure community. 

Meet Stuart Brien, our 2017 London Marathon runner!

In April, Stuart will be taking on the 26.2 mile London Marathon challenge. We are so grateful to Stuart for choosing to be part of our Findacure fundraising team and hope you will all join us in welcoming him to our community.

Hi Stuart, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am 55 years old and live in Lincoln with my partner, Angela. Between us we have 4 wonderful children. Three are studying  at university and the youngest is currently at college, preparing to go to university in September. We also have a 15 month old dog called Radley, who will be my training buddy, through the tough winter months ( if he can keep up with me.)  I work for a Swedish company selling machinery to the plastics industry. I am also a partner in a company called e-Ranger, who sell a range of electric bikes. [/one-half]

What made you interested in running the London Marathon?

I first ran the London marathon in 2014, after trying to get a place for more than 5 years. I wanted to complete the marathon in under 5 hours, but was 3 minutes over. This has bothered me ever since and I want to run it again, to try and get my finish time to start with a 4!!!!

Why did you choose to support Findacure?
When I didn’t get in (again) through the ballot, I decided to try and get a charity place. I have known Libbie at Findacure ever since she was at playgroup with my eldest daughter. I checked out the Findacure web site, saw they had a charity place and decided to try and represent you in the race. I also think the work you do is fantastic and the money raised through my efforts would be more useful to a charity your size, than one of the higher profile ones.

What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever done for charity? OR Have you ever taken part in a similar event?
I have done several 10k runs for charity, but nothing too ridiculous. I also did a sky-dive, which I suppose could be considered a bit silly!!

Outside of running marathons, what are your hobbies?
I don’t seem to have much time for hobbies to be honest. Family and work take up a big part of my time, but I enjoy most sports and am an ardent fan of my local team Lincoln City, having supported them for almost 50 years. I also enjoy walking our dog Radley.

What do you want to get most from the London Marathon experience?
Apart from trying to get under 5 hours, the whole occasion is just fantastic. The crowds are supporting every step of the way and there is always an encouraging remark, or a cheer to keep you going when you are in a dark place. I have 8 of my dearest friends coming down for the weekend and my children will also be around the course to cheer me on.

You can find Stuart’s fundraising page here.