James Wright will be Mr Bump for just one day. James will be taking part in the Virgin Money London Marathon dressed as Mr. Bump and running for Children with Cancer UK. We asked James a few questions about his thoughts on the marathon and why the Mr. Bump costume?
Q. Why did you choose to raise funds for Children with Cancer UK through the marathon?
I have been raising money for Children with Cancer UK since the 2013 Virgin Money London Marathon, when I took part dressed as Little Miss Chatterbox with my wife Della. We chose Children with Cancer UK because of the work the charity does and with the Mr. Men involvement we felt it would be a fun team to be part of.
Q. How did you acquire the Mr. Bump costume for the marathon?
I volunteered to wear a costume if any become available again, partly because I must be mad, but also because it’s a privilege and honour on my part to help represent such an important charity, and I know the costume will make people smile.
Q. How is your training going and have you had to train differently because you are in a Mr. Bump costume?
Training has not gone too well recently. Like many people I have had a few coughs and colds in recent weeks. This was not helped by getting a chest infection, all of this has had an adverse effect on my Asthma. I do hope to get back out on the road shortly, as I am also taking part in the Manchester Marathon three weeks before London, but without Mr. Bump.
I am planning to do some training runs in the costume, hopefully in the Oldham and Chadderton Park runs. I may even take part in a club night run with Royton Road Runners and Oldham Royton Harriers whom I am members of.
Q. Have you run any other Marathons or events before?
I have done a few Marathons for the charity including London, Snowdonia, Manchester and The Great North Run. I also proudly wear the charity vest when I take part in the park runs and it also acts as an extra layer on cold night runs.
Q. Do you plan to do anymore fundraising events?
I will try to do other events, I have a place in the Snowdonia Marathon in October to train for and I am sure others will creep onto the radar throughout the year. The Oswestry Half Marathon is a week after the Virgin Money London Marathon and I will wear the charity vest again.
Q. Do you have a target amount you would like to raise?
I don’t have a target amount to be honest. We have raised over £6,000 in recent years, with great support from the Sports Events Team. I will keep fundraising throughout the year doing other runs.
Q. Describe yourself in a few words?
I consider myself to be just some bloke and happy to be that way. I enjoy running generally, but also get as much pleasure out of helping others to achieve their own personal goals.
Q. What inspires you the most?
I feel inspired by so many people, those who are go-getters and try but also all the youngsters and families we are trying to help with our fundraising efforts.
James Wright, marathon runner. (February 2017)
Read more: James Wright fundraising page
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