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Peter Thompson and the number 44

Now 44 could be your age (yes the 40s are the new 30s), your waist size (well perhaps you could be a little trimmer), your trainer size, or if in your 70s the year you were born (and yes there are plenty of 70 year olds still running) or it could be the number of cumulative miles you ran last week. According to Wikipedia the number 44 has significance in mathematics that go beyond it following 43 and preceeding 45 (the limit of my understanding), it’s the number of laps at the Belgian Grand Prix and a quick google even turns up a definition on an Australian Blog Site that the 44 is linked to Angels and Archangels “giving us inner strength” (and that is definitely something that we runners have oodles of). Ok there are loads more sporting significances. A mere number you may say so whats the point of this blog….

This week sees the announcement that 44 was a pretty significant number for awe-inspiring Peter Thompson, from Bournemouth, who has just completed 44 marathons in 44 days in 44 countries. That’s pretty amazing and Peter – we applaud you – the force was definitely with you on this one!

Peter began his challenge on 1 April in St Petersburg and finished in Dublin on Sunday. It must have been a logistical nightmare but Peter just took this in his stride and he even managed to do his washing on the way and raise funds for two worthy charities too, Livability Holton Lee and Mind.

A recent BBC article reports “He (Peter) hoped his challenge would “encourage others to be open about mental health and, if comfortable, share their own stories…” Between each marathon he had to move from one country to the next, in “a mixture of trains, planes, buses, taxis, cars and ferries”. He said it had been the “best thing and the hardest thing” he had ever done.
The 32-year-old has raised almost £18,000 for mental health charities – a wonderful result. Congratulations and well done Peter – a truly great 44 effort!

Now I am not really superstitious (although I will run round a ladder) but writing this blog has got me the hang of this numerology thinking lark and I will definitely keep the 4s in my mind when I next run a 4 miler in training, even if I don’t spot an Angel on the way. When I need to pull something out of the bag to keep my mind strong I’ll take anything offered to keep me focussed on the end goal! In her Australian blog spot, Intuitive Writer, Joanne Warmsley says that “The Number 44 carries the doubled vibrations of the number 4, making its energies and influences magnified. Number 4 resonates with the attributes of support and stability, establishing solid foundations for the self and others, willpower and effort, ability and worthiness, hard work and achieving success, wholeness and inner-wisdom.”

Perhaps there could be something in this after all – which is why we posted this at exactly 4.44 pm!