Olympic event rider Ian Stark is currently training for what he describes as his most difficult challenge to date.
On 22 April, the three-times Badminton winner and Olympic silver medallist will run the London Marathonin aid of the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow.
“I have represented Britain in countless international events, but I think this marathon will be one of my toughest challenges yet,” said Ian. Although Ian is a fiercely competitive sportsman, he admits that he won’t be aiming for a medal at next month’s marathon: `I’ll be concentrating all my energy on getting round the circuit.’
Fitting in a vigorous training schedule alongside riding his 10 event horses has been tough but Ian maintains it’s all part of the challenge.
The idea of running in the marathon came through Ian’s friend Andrew Malcolm, who is a keen supporter of the Glasgow hospice. The two will run together next month in aid of the hospice.
A spokeswoman said the hospice were delighted to have the support of the Olympic silver medallist: “it is a real coup for the hospice and we hope that he enjoys the experience.”
The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice cares for Glasgow’s sick, as well as counselling their families, looking after up to 1000 people at any one time.
Ian says that he has always wanted to run a marathon. In 1993 he secured a place in the London Marathon, but a fall at Cheltenham prevented him from participating in the race.
Riding and working with the horses keeps Ian in good shape, and he admits that it feels like he hasn’t stopped since Sydney.
He runs at least seven miles three to four times a week – usually in the evening after having exercised the horses.
Following the London Marathon, Ian will prepare for Badminton, where he plans to ride Arakai and Rangitoto: “I haven’t planned any further than that!” he said.
“The work of the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice is invaluable to so many families in Glasgow and I hope that as many people will join me in raising money for this very worthy cause.”
Users who would like to sponsor Ian should contact: Jennifer Low (tel: 0141 429 5599)