Pendle CrossFit owner to run London and Paris marathons in the same month

A Pendle gym owner had signed up for the Paris Marathon…then received email confirmation of acceptance into the London Marathon taking place three weeks later.

Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 9:41 am
Updated Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 9:42 am
Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson, owner of CrossFit Pendle, on the Lomeshaye Industrial Estate, decided to bite the bullet and run both marathons in April this year.

He said: “I’ve always wanted to run a marathon and decided it was time to stop talking about it and just do it. I entered for a charity place in the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon first, but I’d heard that getting a spot was difficult, so I decided to enter the Paris one, on April 5th.

“Two weeks after I had signed up, booked the flights and hotel, I checked my emails and had notification of a place in the London Marathon on April 26th. I couldn’t believe it!

“I questioned whether three weeks gave me enough recovery to run a competitive time at London, but then I thought: Who cares, I’m in the London Marathon, I may never get the chance again, so there’s no way I can decline it.”

Mike is running the two marathons for two different charities. In Paris, he is running for JDRF, the world’s leading charity for Type 1 diabetes.

His mum was diagnosed with diabetes in her 20s and both of his grandfathers also had type 1 diabetes.

He said: “I know that it severely affected their lives, especially without the advances in technology that we have today. Imagine if we can help find a cure, or at the very least, find ways to help adults and children better manage their type 1 diabetes.

Three weeks later, Mike will be running for the Children with Cancer charity, raising money to help fund vital research projects across the UK.

Mike said: “I have already had incredible support from family, friends and members of the CrossFit community and we have held several events at the gym in recent months to raise money, including a team rowing challenge and festive throwdown and I can’t thank everyone enough.

“It has also been great to see CrossFit Pendle members join me in local Park Runs on Sunday mornings; it really does keep me motivated and determined to do well.”

If you would like to sponsor Mike’s double marathon challenge, visit or