Support CCiL London Marathon Representative – Johnny Yam

Virgin Money London Marathon have confirmed the race will take place on Sunday 4 Oct 2020 in St James’s Park for Elite races and wheelchair athletes only. The church will participate in one of the future races in the coming three events, the soonest will be Oct 2021.

In addition, London Marathon is organising a Virtual Race on 4 Oct for those who do not qualify to race in St James’s Park. Instead they will run a 26.2 miles marathon distance on the course of their choice. All finishers will receive the coveted finisher medal and a finisher T-shirt.

Our church representative, Johnny has been on continuous training to maintain his fitness during lockdown, and he will be joining the Virtual Race. He has recently completed a half-marathon in good time, the Virtual Race would put his training effort to a test. Please remember him in your prayer.

You can express your support to Johnny by using our website’s donation facilities. Please follow the instruction in the donation page and choose ‘London Marathon 2020 Virtual Race’ as your donating fund. Funds raised will go into our Church’s Building Fund to help with maintenance and repairs.

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Johnny’s marathon diary

Just one week to go! I am excited and ready to run the marathon on the 4th Oct. My plan for the day is the run around the parks near my house from 7am to 11am. My family and parents will be supporting me all the way by setting up drinking and fuelling stations along the route so I can get recharged every 45 mins. Please pray for me to enjoy the run and continue to support via donation to building fund. As shared over the last two weeks, the marathon training has helped me physically, mentally and spiritually and I pray that I can continue to run and serve the Lord through running ministry. Hopefully the pandemic will be over next year and that I can run a real marathon with other runners together in 2021!


I will run around these two parks many loops during the day

I am running on average one hour per day and about 2/3 hours on the weekend for marathon training. I really enjoy the run as it helps me to focus, meditate and pray during the process. It is my personal time with God and it helps me to appreciate the nature, to give thanks to God. During the lockdown, through running, I get to know couple of running friends and it is my prayer to spread the gospel to them and my future direction is to set up a running fellowship to run, chat and pray.

In the bible Timothy 2, 4:7, Paul describes life is like a race and it is important to keep the faith and finish well. My prayer is that I can run for God, be ready to serve and finish well in faith.

I have been training for London marathon since the beginning of 2020. Originally scheduled to run in April, due to the pandemic, it was unavoidably delayed to October. During the period of uncertainty, I knew there were two options, take it easy and give up on training and continue training and build consistency. I have chosen the later.

I am running average 40 miles per week and very happy with my training. Last Saturday, I did a 21 miles long run, it has given me lots of confidence that I could finish well in the Marathon. Recently, I felt so excited to realise that I have broken my personal records for 5k, 10k and Half-marathon

I aim to finish the Virtual Race in around 4 hours, and most importantly to enjoy the day and finish well.

I have learnt a lot through training to be consistent, it helps my mental, physical and spiritual life. I will share more on these next week. Thanks for your support, prayers and donations.