Gary Rose is Hoping Quitting Smoking Will Help Him Win
You might have a friend who has quit smoking, started vaping and then decided to run a marathon by way of celebration. Gary Rose did it the other round.
He said he didn’t even want to quit smoking, but as he watched the London Marathon he knew he wanted to run. However smoking 25-a-day and running marathons is not a good partnership.
“In the midst of last year I thought I’d sign up to the London Marathon,” said Gary.
“I used to watch it every year and though I wouldn’t mind doing that. But I’d need to stop smoking, because it wasn’t going to be too easy if I was smoking.”
He had thrown down the gauntlet. If he was going to successfully run his first marathon, with no backgound of running, Gary would certainly need to quit smoking. With a little help from Vapemate, he decided to make the switch to ecigarettes and he’s not looked back.
Running the London Marathon For Charity
And now he’s all set for the London Marathon on April 23rd, where he’ll be running for children’s eye charity MACS.
MACS provides emotional and practical support to children with Microphthalmia (small eyes), Anophthalmia (no eyes) and Coloboma (cleft of the eye) and their families. This might include prosthetic eyes, respite holidays and confidence boosting sailing trips. They also offer grants to families to support the purchase of aids such as talking microwaves, bike adaptations and brailers. MACS also offers funding for scientific research.
This year Gary, from near Bury St Edmunds, will be 50 and he started smoking when he was at school, aged “around ten or eleven”.
He said, “I didn’t want to stop smoking, I had tried a few times before, that’s really why it never worked out. But it was difficult to think about giving up.
“In the end giving up wasn’t too bad - it was easier than I thought it was going to be – with the flavours. I just got a vapouriser and started. And there wasn’t really any experimentation.”
During the last 15 to 20 years Gary smoked roll-ups; “probably 20 to 25 a day. It was a fair few,” he said of his habit.
“When I first quit, I tried a tobacco flavour but it was horrible. I’m much more into sweeter flavours and my favourite flavour is Black Cherry.
“But now I am running and training I’m feeling much fitter than I was at the same stage last year.”
Gary is hoping to run his first marathon in under four-and-a-half hours but said that just to finish would be excellent.
“A friend at work had already run for MACS a few times, “said Gary. “So I got a place through the charity but it’s the first time I’ve done any running at all. It’s my first London Marathon and I found a training plan that suited me. But I didn’t think the training would be as intensive.”
The London Marathon is one of the world’s most prestigious running events attracting hundreds of the world’s top distance runners. It’s 26.2 miles and passes some of London’s most famous landmarks.
And Vapemate is supporting Gary during his running challenge.
MACS has also been nominated in the small charity category for the 2017 Running Awards.
If you want to support Gary and MACS visit his Virgin Money Giving page here.