Rupert took to social media to encourage friends and family to dig deep and donate some money. He regularly kept his supporters up to date with his training, and let them know how many artificial limbs or emergency wheelchairs their money could buy.
Rupert's company, HASP Training Ltd, provides travel safety awareness training for organisations sending staff overseas. In his job he has met many people (both in the UK and overseas) that have been injured by landmines and unexploded bombs. Encounters like these helped inspire Rupert both in the lead up to the race and during the event. HI's work with the victims of these indiscriminate weapons particularly resonated with him.
As the event drew nearer, he started to realise the scale of the task he'd taken on. He joked,"It's going to hurt, I might have need of one of those wheelchairs too." However, Rupert’s high spirits and determination saw him through. At the end of the first day, he crossed the finish line soaked to the skin by the beautiful English summer weather, but pleased the first marathon was over.
For most, that would have been enough, but Rupert still had another marathon to do the very next day! He recuperated with some hot food and a good night’s rest, ready to do it all over again.
But, it was not all plain sailing. "During the last 7 miles on the way to Winchester I started thinking that my knees might torpedo my chances of finishing," Rupert says. "But a couple of Paracetamol and good talking to myself saw that off."
Rupert’s motivation before, during and after the event was truly motivational, and all to make other people’s lives better.