The chief executive of housebuilder Larkfleet Homes is putting in some hard miles in training for the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 13 April.
Karl Hick and his eldest son Charlie, pictured together, are competing in the world-famous event to raise money for The Willow Foundation, a UK charity which provides unique and positive special days for 16 to 40 year olds with serious and life-threatening illnesses.
‘Special days’ can be anything from a quiet holiday to thrilling experiences such as balloon flights and car racing. They are intended to help young adults escape the pressures of their daily routine and share quality time with family or friends.
“I’m running the marathon to support the fantastic work the Willow Foundation does that makes a difference to so many lives,” said Karl. “Every single penny Charlie and I raise will contribute to special days out for seriously ill young adults throughout the UK.”
Karl has always enjoyed running and while at university he achieved national honours and ran for numerous organisations at home and abroad.
Another reason he decided to compete in the London Marathon is to honour a close friend, John Platt, who died last year. He always encouraged Karl to take up running again since retiring from competitive athletics.
“John was so supportive of my running and I’m proud and thankful to Charlie for joining me in this challenge.”
Karl has been training four times a week, fitting in his runs around his busy role as chief executive at Larkfleet and the Larkfleet Group. His training schedule includes two half marathons in the build-up to the big event on 13 April.
Even then he won’t be putting his feet up for a while as Karl and Charlie will be back in training for the ‘Tri for Life’ triathlon in Bedfordshire on 7 September.
The Willow Foundation was founded by former Arsenal goalkeeper and TV presenter, Bob Wilson and his wife Megs, as a lasting memorial to their daughter, Anna, who died of cancer aged 31.