On Sunday, Flowtech Fluidpower’s Tom McDermott successfully completed the 2018 London Marathon, the first of three marathons he is running within a two-month period.
Avid runner Tom, who works as the Assemblies Manager at the Group’s purchasing and logistics centre based in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, has been with the Company for over fourteen years, during which time, he has witnessed close friends and family suffer and sadly lose their fight against Cancer.
After applying every year for the last five years, Tom successfully secured a place to run alongside more than 40,000 other runners in this esteemed race, paying tribute to former family and friends and raising funds for North West Cancer Research (NWCR).
The North West of England has some of the highest cancer incidence rates in the UK, with almost 45,000 people per year receiving a cancer diagnosis. NWCR is the only independent cancer research charity fighting the toughest cancers in North West England and North Wales. The charity funds local university researchers who continually make life-saving discoveries about cancer and are able to make real and tangible progress in developing new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent cancer. Whilst the NWCR charity is based in the North West, their approach is very collaborative, and any successful insight is shared with other cancer research and support organisations nationwide.
Tom completed the Marathon in 3 hours, 41 minutes, 18 seconds. Whilst 11 minutes shy of his personal best, Tom was thrilled with this result given the demanding conditions on the day as temperatures soared to 24◦C. He comments, “The conditions were really harsh. The event organisers were superb, having made provision for the additional water and refreshments required by runners. It was tough seeing people suffer with the heat. I could have completed the run in a quicker time but was sensible, keeping my goal in mind to make it to the finish line.”
The finish line was very emotional for Tom, a family man with three boys; three-year old Freddie and eighteen-month old twins Bobby and Ellis, his motivation was not only to support NWCR but also to inspire his boys to take on similar challenges in later life.
Thanks to valuable support from family, friends and colleagues, Tom smashed his fundraising target of £1,500, raising over £3,400 to date. He is still receiving sponsorship support as he prepares for his next two marathons; Rotary Shakespeare Marathon on 13 May and Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on 20 May. He added, “Crossing the finish line and the support I received to reach the sponsorship target has been incredible, thank you so much to everyone who’s supported me and NWCR.”