My name is Luke Tiani and I've been with Brenntag for just over 6 years now.
During most of my time with the company I've been with my fiancee who is the main reason why I decided to sign up for the London marathon, as well as other charity events I've done in recent years. During the last 3 years she has been diagnosed with, and beaten, Breast Cancer not once but THREE times. Every time, Macmillan have been a huge help to us. They've helped us with financial and mental issues we've both had to deal with during these hugely stressful times. This is the reason why I have raised a lot for Macmillan in the past, why I have partaken in the London marathon this year and will continue to raise as much money as I can for this great charity in the future.
People are affected by this disease every day and you don't realise until you've been through it just how much these charities are needed.
The training for the marathon was tough as you can imagine. I undertook a regime of mainly running and cycling at least 3-4 times a week for nearly 4 months, as well as going on a strict diet to get myself into shape for the marathon. I lost 1.5 stone from the start of training to when I made it to the start line. I've had pain in my back, knees, hamstrings and feet during nearly all of this time and had to fight the pain in all of those areas and more throughout the marathon too.
The atmosphere on the day is something that I doubt could ever be recreated. People who you've never seen before, and will likely never see again, are screaming your name willing you over the finish for no reason other than their own goodwill is amazing. Also, the emotions you feel running around the course seeing all the various reasons people were running for and seeing their emotions seeing loved ones along the way were something I'll always remember. I was that focused on fighting the pain to make it to the finish line that I didn't see my other half and friends in their position about 300 metres away from the finish, but I'm almost glad as the emotions they had seeing me may of tipped me over the edge! The overriding emotion crossing that finish line was an unbelievable sense of achievement and to top it all off I was lucky enough to have my medal presented by Prince William. I've been lucky enough to do some great things so far, including climbing Kilimanjaro, but I can honestly say the sense of achievement I felt when I made it over the finish line was the best I've experienced in my life.
I've currently raised just over £3200 and am hoping to keep raising as much as possible through this event and more challenges in the future!