Meet the Marathon Runner: Sean Barrie-Rafton!

On Sunday 28th April, 19 supporters of Metabolic Support UK will be taking to the streets of London for the London Marathon! We are always in awe of our incredible marathon runners and their commitment to train, run and fundraise in support of Metabolic Support UK, whatever the weather!

In this blog series, we want you to meet some of the amazing Team Metabolic 2019 and find out how they’re preparing for the big day! Next in this series of blog posts, we’d like to introduce you to Sean!

 

1. Hi Sean, thank you for taking the time to tell us a bit about your 2019 London Marathon experience so far! How’s your training for the London Marathon going? Do you have a training plan?

I’m following an 18-week training plan, which will take me up to around two weeks before the marathon. This involves running four times a week, running three 4-mile runs and a longer run, which is now at half marathon stage! I’m now on week 6 of training. If I’m still feeling good after my training runs, I take my dog Harley out and he runs the last kilometre or two with me, with toilet stops on the way!

Harley, Sean’s trusty running companion!

2. Have you run any marathons before?

This will be my third marathon, my first being in Liverpool in 2017 and my second in Newport in 2018. I’ve also run several 10ks and half marathons.

 

3. Why did you want to run the London Marathon?

Running the London Marathon has always been a dream for me and as this will probably be my last one, I want to finish on a high!

 

4. Why did you want to run the London Marathon for Metabolic Support UK?

I have run several races for charity, and they have always either been the major ones or local ones to myself. So, this time, I wanted to help a charity that people may not have heard of and bring their awareness to it. I managed to raise over £1,500 for Metabolic Support UK in little over 11 weeks and am very passionate about it!

 

5. Do have a favourite running route?

I have several running routes in Plymouth and the surrounding areas. I like to run in scenic places with less traffic, as I find it more enjoyable. I particularly like Saltram and Burrator Resevoir and will drive to an area and run from there. I really enjoy running with my friends too.

6. Do you have a running playlist?

I always listen to music when I’m running on my own and my playlist is anything from Elvis, The Beatles, Rolling Stones to more modern tracks – anything I find uplifting and motivating.

 

7. What’s your favourite post-run meal or snack?

My post run snack is usually junk food of mainly crisps and sweets, as I’m sure I’m still burning those calories!!

 

We hope your training continues to go well Sean!

To help support Sean on their London Marathon journey, you can donate to their fundraising page on the following link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=seanbarrierafton&pageUrl=2