From a Star Wars film set (below) on the glorious Irish coast to the spectacular landmarks of London, Cian Murchu certainly aims to make the most of his marathon experiences.
Cian, who hails from Dublin in Ireland, is ready to pound the streets of the capital at this year’s London Marathon to raise funds for Cure Leukaemia, having previously twice completed the Dingle Marathon in County Kerry which I widely regarded as one of the world’s most scenic marathons and where some spectacular scenes from the latest Star Wars series were filmed.
Cian leads a team of Product Managers who are responsible for designing and developing client solutions at Deutsche Bank in London, for whom Cure Leukaemia are currently one of their two UK Charities of the Year.
“I have been running for about five years or so, as I found it was a really good way of clearing my mind,” says Cian.
“A good friend and colleague suggested we go running at lunchtime. We ran down by the river Thames, past Big Ben and the houses of parliament, past the London Eye, past some of the most spectacular architecture on earth. I was immediately hooked.”
“I find that in addition to the physical benefits it provides you with time to think. The rhythm of your feet and the pacing of your breathing is very relaxing and allows your mind to wander and start to piece together your thoughts and come up with new ideas and solutions. It is a unique time where you can completely focus away from the hustle of work and family life. I certainly think there are many benefits to mental health and wellbeing from regular exercise.”
“I am currently torn between trying to post a really good time or just aiming to enjoy the experience of running through some of the most recognisable landmarks of such a spectacular city.”
“It will be great to run through areas which are often so crowded, and suck up the atmosphere and enjoy it, although no doubt when I get to that start line, I will probably be concentrating on just doing as well as I can and posting a decent time!”
Cian is particularly pleased to be raising money for Cure Leukaemia, highlighting a “really strong relationship” between the charity and Deutsche Bank as a result of the partnership.
“It is a really strong relationship and we have been able to learn about the extraordinary advances in scientific research at the Centre for Clinical Haematology in Birmingham and the impact it is having on patients,” he added.
“Every penny raised goes towards this really important cause and I am sure all of my colleagues at Deutsche Bank will be supporting me.
“My wife Jennifer and our two boys – six-year-old Atticus and Beau, who is four, will be there on the day to cheer me on around the course.”
Everyone from Cure Leukaemia wishes Cian well for the marathon – click HERE to visit his Virgin Money Giving site to donate. May the force be with you!
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