Captain Neil Fleck - Marathon Profile
As of this week, the fantastic London HQ marathon team are a third of their way to their fundraising target! We caught up with Captain Neil Fleck to see how he’s getting on.
What is your rank and regiment/ base or station?
I am currently the Unit Welfare Officer for the 1st BN Coldstream Guards in Windsor, I’ve been in the role since July 2016 and have another year in go.
How long have you been serving for?
I Joined the Coldstream Guards in Newcastle back in 1989; I’ve been all over the world (some places nicer than others) and had a very enjoyable time of it so far… It’s flown by, never a dull moment.
What are your reasons for running the marathon?
I ran the London Marathon back in 2004, having just battled cancer, I wanted to raise lots of money and awareness, but didn’t train very well. I had to give myself a serious talking too after 17 miles but after some jelly babies and a lot of encouragement from a very supportive crowd, I managed to finish. I know I could have done better and this is my opportunity to have another go and raise some money and lose a little weight along the way.
How is the training going?
Running is an occupational hazard in the infantry you either love it or simply put up with it. I have put up with it for years and am now turning it to my advantage. Running helps me keep fit and fairly youthful which is useful with a 10, 6 and 4 year old at home (running me ragged). I recently completed a half marathon and ran at a pace I was comfortable with, while getting the time I was aiming for so I’m very pleased with my training so far.
How many miles are you hoping to get through per week?
I'm averaging about 45 miles a week at the moment, with a lot of motivation from my friends and family and I have to say I’m feeling much better about the marathon than I did in 2004.
How does it feel to be running the marathon for Tickets For Troops?
I’m really pleased to be supporting a charity that provides the troops with such a fantastic service. I have been using Tickets For Troops for a couple of years now but it wasn’t until I started working in welfare that I saw just how big the positive impact TFT has on both serving and medically discharged veterans of the British Forces. It’s feels good to be able to give a little bit back.
How is your fundraising going?
It’s going really well so far. I want to reach £500 plus and with the help and support of some very kind people, I am well on the way with 9 weeks to go!
Support Neil Fleck: tft.link/CptFleck
Check out how the rest of the runners are getting on: mydonate.bt.com/teams/harletft