Thank you, Tarquin, for your Marathon run

Tarquin White ran London Marathon 2019 for Kairos
Tarquin with Mossie Lyons at Linden Grove yesterday

When Tarquin White completed the London Marathon for Kairos on 28 April, he’d run 26.2 miles in 4 hours 8 minutes and 10 seconds – and raised an amazing £2,346 for Kairos. Yesterday, he dropped in to Linden Grove to tell us about his experience.

“This is something I’d always wanted to do. I applied last year but missed out in the ballot, so I was really happy when Mossie offered me the Kairos place. There are windows of opportunity and this was one.

“I’ve had great support from everyone. On the day, my family – including my cousin who ran it last year – were all there with a banner cheering and shouting at 13-mile marker on the Highway. The atmosphere helped keep us going. There were bands and DJs all along the route. But, really, I hadn’t realised how long the Embankment is – there’s still four miles to go. The crowds were great though, calling out my name because it was on my shirt, clapping and waving.”

His training paid off. “After the race I didn’t have a single blister! But I had been training seriously. Once I knew I was running, I threw myself into it, doing it by the book. It really took up six months of my life. It was great but I don’t think I’ll need to do it again.

“Running the Marathon has given me a bit more confidence in my own ability. No one can take it away. They say only 1% of people ever run a marathon in their lifetime – and I’m in that 1% now.”

Five years ago, Tarquin called Linden Grove home before moving into a Kairos house in Catford. “I lived there for four and a half years. I’ve used that time to get a trade behind me. I went back to college and did plumbing for a year, then for the past two years, I’ve been working with gas. In fact, I got my gas card in January and now I’m shadowing someone three days a week – there’s so much to learn. Plus, I’m waiting to hear about a flat – it’s been a great year!”

Congratulations and thank you, Tarquin, from everyone at Kairos Community Trust!