Chief executives go the extra mile for the YMCA at London Marathon

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 17 May 2017

The aches are now a distant memory but the pain of completing the London marathon was all worth it for two chief executives - who have raised £6,000 for YMCA Humber.

Rob Walsh, the chief executive of North East Lincolnshire Council took part in his first ever London marathon and encouraged YMCA Humber chief executive, Malcolm Smith, 38, to join him - pledging their joint support for the region's oldest youth charity.

Mr Smith said: "I'm really pleased, Rob was formidable in his fundraising, that's really encouraging for the YMCA that people were wiling to give to the cause."

Commenting about the marathon, he said of Mr Walsh: "He was flying and then the wheels came off! I finished slower than Rob but his slowest mile was far slower than mine."

As previously reported, Mr Walsh, 48, is no stranger to running marathons but found this year's race a tough one, hitting the "wall" at 20 miles. He said: "It was an opportunity to enter the greatest foot race on the planet. I do like to run for a local cause, it's a great opportunity, a fantastic event and raises money for an incredible cause."

He joked that many perhaps supported financially to watch him suffer!

Why not sign up to take part in next year's London marathon?

The £6,000 will go towards funding youth empowerment, as Malcolm explained: "We really want to be building up young people - we are training the next generation of leaders.

"It will allow two people on the YMCA to be charge agents - so they can train young people to support others to have a voice.

"There's a lot going on in the world. It's more important young people's voices are heard. They often get lost in the din."

Three young people are taking part in a youth ambassadors scheme with the YMCA too. Both Mr Smith and Mr Walsh are planning to take on the London marathon again next year and have their eyes on a few other events in between.

Mr Smith is planning to take on the off road Spartan marathon, in Edinburgh this July, which is a more mountainous course and more physically challenging. He also hopes to raise the profile further of the YMCA by garnering support for a team to run for the organisation next year.

Getting a place in the famous marathon is not always easy, but the YMCA have places available for those who could run as part of a team of 10. A minimum of £1,600 sponsorship money would be needed but you would have the full support of the YMCA behind you.

To take part contact them via or phone 01472 359 621.

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