ForgeFix Manager Completes London Marathon for Charity

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ForgeFix Manager Completes London Marathon for Charity

Mike Pollard from ForgeFix successfully completed the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for a charity close to his heart.

Mike, 62, national sales manager at the distributor of fixings, fasteners, power tool accessories and hardware, ran the world-famous 26 miles and 385 yard course in 5 hours, 40 minutes and 41 seconds.

He ranked 492nd in his age category (60-64), taking 34,384th place overall out of a total of 40,382 runners - the highest number of entrants ever seen for the event.

Mike's efforts successfully raised £3,600 for Alzheimer's Society. He completed the course dressed as a giant forget-me-not flower, which forms an integral part of the society's logo.

Mike was sponsored not only by friends and family but also by a number of businesses from across the building and DIY industry, including Toolbank, DEWALT, Wera, Broadfix, Roughneck, BIZ Power Tools and of course ForgeFix. His sponsors included Andyfreight, P B Curran, and OGL Computer, each of whom sponsored a petal on Mike's costume.

Mike chose to raise funds for Alzheimer's Society because of his own personal experiences of dementia. His long-term partner Julie was diagnosed with young onset dementia five years ago, aged 55. She can no longer drive, read or write, and requires 24-hour care.

Young onset dementia affects 42,000 people aged under 65 across the UK and accounts for around 5% of all the nation's 850,000 dementia cases.

Mike’s future fundraising plans include cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats for the charity in 2018, and he has also applied to take part in next year's Virgin Money London Marathon, when he hopes to complete the course in under five hours by taking part without wearing fancy dress.

Commenting on his achievements, Mike said: "Whilst I'm a little disappointed with my time, I am delighted at raising so much money for Alzheimer's Society. I'd like to thank all those individuals and organisations who sponsored me."

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