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Captain Sophie Dawes - Marathon Profile

Captain Sophie Dawes runs the Marathon 2017

Captain Sophie Dawes – Adjutant General’s Corps, Education and Training Services is also running the London Marathon for us and has absolutely smashed her target of £1,000!

With only one week to go we were lucky enough to catch up with her before the big day.

What is your rank and regiment/ base or station? 

Captain in the Adjutant General's Corps, Education and Training Services - AGC (ETS), part of 30 Army Education Centre (30 AEC) based on Combermere Barracks with the Household Cavalry. 

How long have you been serving for? 

Just over 5 years, I started at Sandhurst in Jan 2012

Where are you originally from?

Putney, South West London

What are your reasons for running the marathon?

Great challenge and sense of achievement. Plus always wanted to do the London Marathon as it's home! 

How is the training going? How many miles are you hoping to get through per week?

Training is going well. It's been a learning curve as I had previously very rarely been on a run by myself (without the gentle encouragement of PTIs) and certainly not more than about 5 miles. The Surrey half marathon and Lidl Breakfast Run races were both enjoyable and encouraging markers in training. I also joined a running club in Barnes which means I've had some good company and I've also welcomed not having to think of route planning either! 

How does it feel to be running the marathon for Tickets For Troops?

It's a privilege. I've been fortunate to benefit from the charity lots in the past few years and it feels rewarding to be able to give something back. 

How is your fundraising going?

Very well. Thanks to generous donations from friends and family, I have exceeded my target and hope to continue raising more in the final couple of weeks too. 

What's your favourite pre-running snack?

Generic and unsurprisingly - pasta. Reminded myself before one training session that it's uncomfortable to eat too soon before running! Also had porridge for the first time which I don't find delicious but it seems to do the trick. It's the post running goodies that I enjoy the most. My confectionary intake has gone up considerably. 

Do you listen to podcasts or music when running? Or nothing?

Occasionally I listen to Stephen Fry's narration of Harry Potter as I'm a big fan and I love his voice but often nothing at all. I enjoy thinking about all sorts of random things and looking around me. 

We wish Sophie the best of luck for her final week of light training and look forward to hearing how she gets on next week.

Please help her get around the 26.2mile course by sponsoring her here: tft.link/SophieDawes

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