Taking on the NYC Marathon!

Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand’s very own Midland Support Services Coordinator, Matthew Eby ran the 2015 New York Marathon. Matthew shares his fundraising tips, trip highlights and training tricks.

What made you want to do the New York Marathon?

I was looking for a bit of a challenge and I had never done a marathon before. I was working for the Leukaemia Foundation Australia so I thought this would be a great way to do my first marathon because I knew the money fundraised was going to a worthy cause.

What did you do to raise money?

Well of course I used Facebook a lot! My wife was amazing at creating banners, icons and taglines to ‘market’ me.

I did about 5 sausage sizzles outside Bunnings which made around $1,000 each time – we would go through over 50kgs of sausage in 1 day!

In the end, I fundraised just a tick over $10,000. I was hugely grateful to be involved and had some very generous people in my life who were willing to give to a really good cause.

What was your training regime?

I set out slowly about 8 or 9 months out and I would do 3 ‘short’ runs per week on the weekdays for about 30-40 minutes each and I didn’t focus on how much distance I covered then every weekend I would do 1 ‘long’ run which started at 45 minutes the first week and then every week it grew by another 15 minutes.

My longest run a few months later was close to 3 hours! I was told by other marathoners that if I could make it this far, about 2/3 of a full marathon, then on the day of the marathon I should have enough stamina to make it all the way.

What was it like the day of the event before you started?

Despite the very early start, I was absolutely buzzing all morning being a part of the 50,000 runners waiting their turns to start this famous race! Plus, I had great support and comradery as my sister was racing too! The best part is that she actually is a bonafide marathoner, so everything she did and suggested, I took on board and she helped calm my nerves!

What was the feeling like getting to that finish line?

Almost indescribable! One of the final stretches is coming down Park Avenue felt like forever and you are so tired but when you get to the finish being cheered on by thousands of New Yorkers, you are overwhelmed with emotion, in fact, just thinking about it now brings back a rush of emotions.

Because for me, I was in a unique position in the Northern Territory where I was supporting patients and families living with a blood cancer. And to have walked and talked with some of these people who are doing it very tough, I was able to experience a very ‘tough’ moment for me whilst trying to complete this thing.

When I was really struggling during the marathon on a certain section, I was able to reach down deep and think of a patient I knew back in Australia and recite under my breath that ‘mate, this km is for you!’

Run The New York Marathon for
Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC)

Start spreading the news … you could be heading to The City That Never Sleeps – the ever changing, melting pot of cultures and epicentre of the arts – New York, New York.

New York City wears many crowns, and for a good reason. It’s a destination that people dream of visiting; a true city slicker’s delight. It is also home to one of the best and most iconic road marathons in the world.

Places in the TCS New York Marathon are highly sought after by Kiwi runners, and difficult to secure. Team Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC) have a limited number of spots in this prestigious road race for 2018 – your best chance of securing an entry! Come pound the pavements of this awe-inspiring city on Team LBC.

As you run from Staten Island to Manhattan and cross the Queensboro Bridge, you’ll feel yourself digging deeper as you push yourself to reach that finish line in Central Park, millions of people on the sidelines cheering you on.

Not only will you have completed the New York City Marathon, you’ll also have raised the vital funds to support those living with blood cancer.

Run The New York Marathon for
Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC)

Treatment for a blood cancer often needs to start immediately to provide the best possible chance of recovery and can continue for months and often years. The cause of blood cancers is unknown and a diagnosis can strike anyone, of any age, at any time and often with little warning.

It is understandable that this means that a person can have their life turned upside down overnight, often with huge impact, including financial, on not only the patient but their family, friends and whanau.

Our team of Support Services Coordinators are there every step of the way. The fundraising received from the Run for Blood Cancer will go towards ensuring that we continue to offer this level of support no matter where you are in New Zealand.

We maintain Support Centres in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch and we are currently opening a new centre in Dunedin. Our Support Services team are based in these centres and from there, will travel over 80,000 kilometres each year to provide support to patients and their families.

Some examples of the important programmes offered by LBC include:

Regular support and education groups – enabling patients and family members to get together and share their journeys and experiences.

The Annual Blood Cancer Patient Forum providing a unique opportunity to hear prominent speakers discuss a wide range of issues relevant to New Zealanders living with blood cancer or related blood conditions.

Kid’s Club supporting siblings and children of those with a blood cancer. Children aged 5-12 learn coping mechanisms and can share their stories in a safe, positive environment.

LBC Winter Workshops – a national roadshow with a speaker on a critical topic to upskill and engage the health professionals working with blood cancer patients and their caregivers.

Run The New York Marathon for
Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC)

Marathon date: Sunday, 4 November 2018

Physical activity: Marathon

Challenge grade: 5/5 (challenging)

Registration fee: $770 per runner (non-refundable)

Fundraising target for LBC: $10,000

Travel quote: Accommodation packages from $4,175*

Accommodation: 5 or 7 nights twin-share in 4 star hotel

* Subject to change. All prices quoted are in NZ dollars
Accommodation package includes: A one week Metro pass, Airport transfer to hotel on 31 October 2018, New York Marathon entry ticket and post-marathon celebratory drinks.  

Run The New York Marathon for
Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC)

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