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TXM Group Director, Gary Lincoln is taking on the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon in a bid to embrace a different approach to the infamous ‘Mid-Life Crisis’.

Lincoln has brushed aside the ‘traditional’ high-powered sports car purchase or tattoo and will instead undertake the London Marathon, representing TXM Recruit and supporting Macmillan Cancer.

Macmillan are one of the country’s largest charities, providing specialist health care and financial support to people affected by cancer. The charity are also leaders in offering social, emotional and practical support to the families impacted by the disease. Their goal is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer in the UK.

Earlier this week we caught up with Gary and he shared his views:

“I’ve reached that time in my life where apparently it’s midlife crisis time and I can now do one of two things: have that last grab at youth and look to purchase something outlandish that wouldn’t really become me; or walk a tougher path by having a second child, giving up sleep, dusting off the trainers and taking on some physically demanding challenges. 

“So, I chose the latter, and at the age of fifty I will be running two Marathons starting with London, April 28.

“It’s almost expected for men of a certain age to ‘enjoy’ the fruits of their labour by engaging in some retail therapy, but for me family has pleasantly turned that on its head and let’s be honest I don’t have the arms for a full arm sleeve tattoo anyway. 

“I look at it like this: Macmillan Cancer Charity does phenomenal work supporting individuals and families when they need it most. We know the statistics as we get older that we are more susceptible to cancer, so while I can offer support and raise awareness and funds, I think I should. 

“Another way of thinking about it is, I’m paying on account, you never know, I’m in my 50’s now, so my family and I might need their support one day and if we are lucky enough not to, then another family will benefit in our place.

“My training program is fairly intense, it started back in November 2018. I train 5 days a week, with a mixture of hitting the road and gruelling strength and conditioning training in the gym.

“The closer I get to the first marathon, the longer the hours of training I’ll need to put in. I’m running 3 to 4 times a week with one of those runs a long road run, where I am increasing those runs by 10 mins every weekend and aim to be undertaking over 3-hour plus runs by the start of April. (at this point I’ll have run 1 hour 50 Mins as my furthest run to date, circa 13 Miles in distance).

“I’ve set a target of raising £2500. Any help to reach this total and support the fantastic work Macmillan deliver to countless families across the nation will be hugely appreciated. I will be keeping everyone updated as I progress towards the big day so can I say a big thank you in advance.

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