Team C&C

London Marathon 2023

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Team C&C supporting Team Combat Stress

This year my running buddy and I will be taking on the London Marathon to raise vital funds for life-changing mental health treatment for veterans.

Combat Stress is the UK's leading charity for veterans' mental health. For over a century, they've helped former servicemen and women deal with issues like trauma, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Today, they provide support to veterans from every service and every conflict.

We’re taking vital steps towards ensuring veterans can get the support they need.

Thank you so much for your support.

Colin & Catriona

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My Updates

The London Marathon 2023

Sunday 23rd Apr

Wow! Wow! What a day. We don’t know where to start with this one. So, the marathon was run, the crowds were awesome, the cheering was deafening, the organisation was phenomenal, the runners were great.  We don’t want to gush too much but it was definitely a superb bucket list event.  Miles have been run, a few tears have been had and we are full of pride.

We took plenty of pictures, videos, stopped loads to enjoy the sights, saw our Combat Stress cheer station and they were amazing! Thank you all Combat Stress Cheerers.

We don’t mind admitting that when we saw our families there were a few emotions that bubbled up!  Other runners commented in favour of our/your Charity 👍 Lots of vets and still serving people gave a shout out to us as well as other military charity’s giving us a shout out.  We are such a close family when it comes to the crunch (British Military, Be The Best).  

We’ve met some great people along this journey, today was a chance to meet face to face, they are all fantastic people.  We’ve loved supporting Combat Stress and have actually enjoyed training hard, in all manner of awful weather. Even having my face plucked (Colin), running the Manchester Marathon last week and now the icing on the cake, London 2023. Boom.

Thank you all so much for supporting us, keeping our spirits up, motivating us and of course donating to such an important cause and charity.  The Combat Stress family appreciate it all. You have made a difference.

Thank you

Colin and Catriona

London Marathon 2023 - the Day before

Saturday 22nd Apr

London Marathon 2023

It’s Saturday again, it’s pasta again, it’s another 26.2miles tomorrow.

Last weekend was best effort (Manchester).  This weekend it’s London.  It’s bucket list, it’s the event, it’s the atmosphere, it’s the people.  We’ve collected our bibs, had a wander around the Excel centre, bought a couple of things and generally teased ourselves with all the running stuff and events that are on offer. Then we had more pasta! 🤣🤢

Tomorrow will mostly be about enjoying the event, taking plenty of happy snaps, high fives with the crowd and running together.  No nerves now, just simple excitement.

Team C&C is ready. We may have folded during training, in the worst weather, had it not been for the words of support and encouragement you gave us.  We hope that all our supporters feel proud of our achievements, both running and plucking, and know that their kindness and generosity is so worthwhile.  Know that you have helped people you will never meet, they will be eternally grateful.

Thank you

P.s. Download the TCS London Marathon 2023 app and follow our bib numbers. Catriona is 33737 and Colin 35537.

Manchester Marathon - Finish line

Tuesday 18th Apr
Official time 3:37

Manchester Marathon 2023

Tuesday 18th Apr
Finisher tshirt and medal

Manchester Marathon 2023

Sunday 16th Apr

Manchester Marathon 2023

16 April 2023, 0950hrs.  That was when we started.  Nerves had gone, both settled, made our way through the start process. Boom, we were underway.

Wow what a day!  Both of us had grown up conversation a number of weeks ago about running our own race for various reasons.  We both excelled today, Catriona (hoped for sub 4:30)….smashed a new PB 4hrs24mins and saw some friends that turned out especially to cheer her on! Both saw each other and screamed out hello…! Awesome encouragement for anyone.  I had a great day, I was hoping for something  close to 3:45ish….. BOOM 3:37…..Get in, back of the net, Mic drop, championi.  On a slightly serious note, I’m blown away with that time.

The training we did, the encouragement we gave each other (sometimes a little too much😬) has paid off for us both.  Building stamina and strength and mental resolve over the 20 weeks in all weathers paid off in handfuls.  If there was one piece of advice I could offer….. Get a running/training buddy.

So, Manchester 2023 done.  Next week, LONDON 2023.  Please keep the support and the messages and the likes going, it really does help.  We hope that you feel we did you and Combat Stress proud.  Numerous comments during the run to effect of “what an awesome charity”.  Can’t ask for more than that.

Week 20 - Final update

Saturday 15th Apr

So it’s Saturday, Manchester Marathon tomorrow. Nerves have set in, final prep in the hotel.  Last minute carb loading done.  We are both nervous but very excited.

Training is complete, our last runs were Friday. Would you believe we have clocked up 715 miles in training.  Both feeling like we are ready, sent people our bib numbers for the tracker (21483 for me and 18043 for Catriona)

Everything we need is packed, checked it… checked it again. Unpacked it, checked it, repacked it. Is that a sign of anything we should be worried about?? 🤣

Feel free to stalk us on the marathon tracker, we will post some pictures at the start and end and let you all know how it went.

Week 19 - last weekly Sitrep before the Manchester Marathon

Monday 10th Apr

Maybe we spoke a little bit too quickly last time….. week two of the taper and it’s been a bit of a bumpy one. 

Colin has tried some new trainers in the hope of helping his foot pain; fingers and toes crossed that they help.

Catriona is trying to fend off maranoia and not worry too much about her pace slowing due to menopause and changing hormones. 

We completed our final interval session this week and the training distances continue to decrease. Resting our legs is still the aim.

We’re in our final week now. Team T-shirts are being prepared and packing lists checked.  The nerves are really taking hold now, excitement and apprehension.

So you’ve probably seen the Charity Beard Pluck updates on the Combat Stress page and Facebook, it’s also on Tim-Tok!  I’m certainly never going to endure that again!  My face has just about recovered now and Catriona and I are back speaking terms (only kidding, it never stopped).

Thank you for your continued support, it really keeps us going. 

Week 18 long run - 16 miles

Sunday 2nd Apr

Week 18 - Sitrep

Sunday 2nd Apr

Taper time has now started and so far “maranoia” hasn’t appeared……

The focus of this week was the Charity Beard Pluck. Thank you all for helping us exceed our fundraising target; we are so grateful.

The pluck took longer than we thought and so we had to juggle some training sessions around. We were back on track for our joint Sunday long run, a nice 16 miles this time. The weather was sunny and dry but windy!

2 more weeks until Manchester and 3 until London. Team C&C is ready. 

Charity Beard Pluck complete

Saturday 1st Apr

Always hapoy to LEND A helping HAND for charity! COLIN HAD HIS ENTIRE BEARD PLUCKED!!! #beardpluck #foryoupage #fyp #capcut #pluckinghair #pluck #plucking #nopainnogain #charity #charityevent #charityevents #combatstress @combatstress8

♬ Sharp Dressed Man (2008 Remaster) - ZZ Top

Charity Beard Pluck

Thursday 30th Mar
So today is the Day. We have started and ……. OMG it’s sore!

Week 17 - Update

Sunday 26th Mar

Week 17 has been a strange one for us both. I think it had something to do with the weather, work and the anticipation of the longest run of our training programme on Sunday.

So what happened? Well work is work and that’s probably the same for everyone - late finish, late training runs, you know the score.  The weather - OMG! Driving horizontal rain and wind, in the dark - dreadful conditions to train in.  We both were close to sacking that session… but, well you know, you need to put a tick in that box in your head to stay on track.  So like a couple overly keen nuggets out we went, pushing each other on, 10 miles and 1hr 30mins later. Done.

Sunday long run… 20 miles in the plan. BOOM 20 miles done.  Can’t believe how we coped with that, again the weather cut us a break from the rain the hour before we started.  Catriona smashed it out the park, don’t misunderstand us though, it was still nails!  We did it though and the elation was warm and satisfying.  FYI tried some new karrimor marathon socks, good investment.

The taper starts now, big runs are 16 and then 10 miles. The training looks like it focuses on maintenance and recovery and allowing the little niggles to heal, preparing us for the big day(s).

Keep track of our progress.  Keep up the support, a shout out goes a long way, share the Facebook updates and spread the word.

Thank you all. 😁

Week 16 - Update

Sunday 19th Mar

WOW week 16 already of training, ground rush seems like an understatement.  This weeks training was hard with a medium run at goal pace and an interval session, we can definitely feel the temperature increasing now, spring is here I think. 

Long run Sunday finished this week with a lovely 18 miles toward Sandwich and then country bound, finishing along the sea front; glorious place in the world to run (its flat! 🤣).

We are both nursing a couple of small niggles but hopefully they will be gone by race day.

Still makes us laugh comparing the before and after pictures on Sunday long run, the simple things….. you know the rest.

Thanks for keeping an eye on our progress and supporting us, please keep it up and keep us going.

Week 15 - Sitrep

Sunday 12th Mar

37 Miles down. Week 15 has seen variable weather but an over arching theme of struggles.  We have both had to contend with high winds, rubs and hot spots.  Feels like our feet are getting a pounding at the moment, and it’s only going to intensify over the next 3 weeks or so before we start to taper our training.

The end of week long run peaked with our hardest struggles so far and it wasn’t even our longest run - which was last weekend.  The brink of defeat was felt by both of us but team work pulled us back and we are back in the right head space to press on.

Onwards and upwards for the Manchester Marathon and the following week, the London Marathon.  Keep the support coming please.

The Charity Beard Pluck is on schedule to, so if you would like to see a grown man cry and wince then add to the total and get us over the mark (£2000).

Thank you all for keeping us going.

Week 14 - Sitrep

Wednesday 8th Mar

This week saw us rack up 40 miles, a Saturn 5 rocket, an SR71 Blackbird spy plane and fast intervals around a lake, check out the pictures on the fund raising page.   The Huntsville trip garnered support from some new friends including some Canadian Forces and UK Border Force and donations from both, thank you.

Trails and hills and stiles and cows, this was the culmination of week 14.  Sunday long run was back in the British cold again.  That was a bit of a shock coming from Huntsville 22deg (80% humidity) to Wells 6deg and felt like 3deg!

The long run - 18 miles and longest so far - was done at Wells and took in some great views, interrupted by stiles as we climbed the hills and ushered the cows out of the way…

Week 13 - Sitrep

Tuesday 28th Feb

Ground rush is setting in, only 7 weeks of training left.  So the Manchester marathon is growing larger by the day and the thought of London the following week seems to be quite daunting now. 

Training is going well and I know we can do this (both in a week!).  This week has included fast intervals, a goal pace run and jet lag culminating in a long run - 16miles - in Huntsville, AL.  Check out the Genome Walk on our strava feeds. Stark difference from the weather in Blighty, 17deg C and 87% humidity.

On top of all that the Charity Pluck preparation is pretty much complete. Catriona has done all the organising, bought the tweezers, got the T-shirt…. all I have to do is turn up get plucked! 🤣😬

Charity Beard Pluck

Tuesday 21st Feb
Hi Everyone,

I thought I would just add a reminder of the Charity pluck that I will undertake if Catriona and I can reach our fund raising target of £2000. 

If we hit the target, or exceed it, I will have my beard plucked entirely. Not shaved or waxed, Plucked. 

Saks in Kings Hill have graciously donated their time and a treatment room to have this done.  It will start at 0900 and finish when it’s done….! (Continuing at home if necessary).

So if you would like to see this then come along and watch on 30 March 2023, for a donation you get to pluck some, otherwise please make a donation online or simply spread the word, re-post, tweet, use Instagram or Snapchat to raise awareness, Tik-Tok it for your friends that can’t make it if you like.

I will post updates during the pluck to keep you all informed of progress…!

Week 12 -Done ✅

Tuesday 21st Feb

Another week and another 37 miles each done. The fast intervals made a return to the training plan and the mid-week miles are increasing now too. 

Sunday was another 16 miles and another train trip for us. This time it was the along the line to Hollingbourne before running back home through Maidstone and along the river. Our new favourite thing to make use of the railcard!

Only one run was joint last week but there are lots more coming up. 

As ever, thanks for your support and help. 

Week 11 - Sitrep. Over halfway now

Sunday 12th Feb

Wow! Over halfway in the training now. This week was a consolidation week with some relatively easy runs. We finished the week with a change, train to Ramsgate and run home! It’s opened up some more ideas for running routes, I can’t have the beautiful seafront all to myself..! Another time it might be less foggy, more sunny and we can have a post-run ice cream!

Charity Pluck! Will you help me hit the target?

Monday 6th Feb

Week 10 - Sitrep

Monday 6th Feb

Boom! Longest run so far with 16 miles around the Maidstone area, route courtesy of Catriona; and, to top off the week, the London Winter Run (10km) with Catriona and another running buddy aiming to beat the hour, smashed it out the park! Well done Claire 👍.

So things going well, retired some trainers, tried new ones, retired them, some new new ones now!

Some mammoth hills and intervals done in week 10, slight recovery week to look forward to now to consolidate the mileage (37m this week). Having a running buddy just keeps you going…..recommended for anyone training.

Week 9 - SITREP

Sunday 29th Jan

The mileage has increased this week- 35 miles each in the bank.

2 joint sessions this week which provided support and motivation. Another change of scene this week with one C in Spain and the other C in Belfast. Training continued regardless!

Our 15 mile Sunday run included a guided half marathon with a visually impaired friend. It was nice to mix things up and be able to help at the same time. 

We now have a plan for “The Big Pluck” which is great. 8.5 weeks to go!!!!! More to come soon. We will be asking for your £ in exchange for Colin’s stamina and determination!!! Thank you. 

Week 8 Sitrep

Sunday 22nd Jan

Week 8 - done! 

33 miles under our feet this week. 3 of the 5 sessions were joint which helped spur us both on. From snow in Birmingham (see the picture updates and strava video) to crisp sunshine in Kent, our gloves have come in handy 😂 ❄️ 

We are finalising plans for “The Big Pluck” and will share those soon. The long runs are beginning to stretch us now, they increase steadily now, new trainers needed soon.

All support and sponsorship welcome. Thank you.

Team C&C

Week 7, Run 5. Sunday long run

Sunday 15th Jan
Sunday long run with running buddy.

Week 7 Sitrep

Sunday 15th Jan

joint interval session was first on the training plan this week. These are definitely better done together! 

Two sessions featured miles at our goal pace of 9:00 mins/mile; we are getting a little more used to how that feels now. 

Sunday’s long run was by the coast. A beautiful sunny day with ridiculously strong headwinds! 

Sitrep 6

Sunday 8th Jan

Week 6 done!

Another 31 miles each completed.

This week had a two centre theme with one C “en vacances à Paris” and the other C holding the fort in Kent. Nice to see La Seine on Strava. 

We’ve also ticked off our first hill session; they always make us work hard!

Our joint Sunday long runs are ramping up as well with 14 miles completed. It really helps having a buddy to run with.

(Paris was lovely! - Mr FG)

Week 5 sitrep - complete ✅

Monday 2nd Jan

Week 5 done!

We are now a quarter of the way through the training plan and have seen in 2023 with a half marathon. Another 30 miles under our feet, including a New Years Day half marathon to boot!

3 of the 5 runs this week were joint sessions and we covered a few different locations again. The park in Central London was busier than we had wanted!

Next week brings our first hill session which means a temporary relief from intervals! 

My personal pacer has returned home now, so it’s all on us for the rest!

Thank you for your continued support. 

Colin -Sitrep 4

Wednesday 28th Dec

Sitrep 4 - Week 4 done

So week 4 is complete, xmas dinner eaten and burnt off, New Year is next. This weeks training has been split in various locations and with a bit of help from a pacer too (on his bike).

It’s been chilly but lovely getting the miles in.

The fundraising is moving ahead steadily, Team C&C is getting there slowly and with your help we can reach our target and London Marathon will be here sooner than we know it.

Week 5 steps up the pace and distance again. Faster Stronger Further.

Catriona- week 4 ✅

Monday 26th Dec
Training has stepped up a gear with two hard interval sessions 😬 I was definitely glad of Colin’s support for those!
There were 8 miles on the plan for Christmas Day…..I did see a few other people out running which was a nice boost. Another 25 miles in the bank this week. Thanks again for all your support. Cx 

Team C&C - Week 3 Sitrep

Wednesday 21st Dec

That’s week 3 finished! Another 27 miles done. 

Catriona and I managed to do 4/5 sessions as joint runs. We had almost the whole range of British weather with dry, cold, windy, snow and ice! One of the sessions had to be 3 miles on the rowing machine as the pavements were still under inches of snow. 

It’s feeling good to be back in the swing of training and we are starting to work a bit harder now.

We had the chance to chat to a lady on Sunday about our cause which was nice. 

We have some more joint sessions planned over the next couple of weeks to keep us focussed over the festive period. Thank you all for your support. 

Colin - Sitrep 2 - week 2

Sunday 11th Dec
Week 2 done. Training has properly started now, first set pace run done. Sunday long run is getting longer.  First test of will-power, determination and strength complete…. Sleet, hail, ice & rain won’t stop us!
ABS & traction control required in my next pair of trainers, or just running spikes 🤣

Catriona- week 2 ✅

Sunday 11th Dec
Another 25 miles done 🏃🏼‍♀️ 7 with my local buddy Claire. It was ridiculously cold and foggy for the Sunday long run- very glad to be back inside now! 
Combat Stress hoodie on and lots of hot drinks. 🥰

Colin - week 1 done….

Sunday 4th Dec
Hi Everyone,

So Catriona and I have done week 1.  It’s great to be focussed again.  That was gibbers today, but otherwise a nice run along the sea front (you’ll see more of those!).

I hope you will all keep tabs on our progress, more updates and happy snaps to come. Before and after are always a good measure of the effort!

Thanks for the support so far, we are bowled over with the response on week 1. Thank you all. Pass the message for us please.

Cheers, Colin

Catriona’s week 1 - done.

Sunday 4th Dec
It’s good to be back in training mode despite the drop in temperature 🥶
25 miles covered (7 with my local running buddy Claire) and 3hrs 49mins spent in my trainers. 
Thank you all for the donations; it’s given us a real boost. 

A bit about me and why

Sunday 27th Nov

Here is a little bit about me. I served in the Army and retired after 22 years Colour Service.  During those 22 years I served in Great Britain (obviously), Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan. For the last 12 years of my service it was almost entirely in a bomb disposal operator role with operational tours in Northern Ireland, Iraq and twice in Afghanistan.  

During those tours I saw soldiers deeply affected by their experiences, some of which were my close friends.  It pains me to know that veterans and some serving soldiers, are still suffering from the effects of their service in high stress situations, some of which resulted in critical experiences.

I would like to help give something back, to help veterans, to help support the charities and organisation that directly help those in need.  I have a target to reach, £2000, before my running buddy, Catriona, and I run the London Marathon.  I would be so grateful if you could donate what ever you can to support our cause.

We have some figures to help convince you to part with your hard earned cash.  

For a start we will be running the Manchester Marathon the week before!

During the training we will rack up a minimum of 672 miles prior to the London marathon!

We will be running a half-marathon 12 times during the training program, which is 20 weeks long.

Training starts Monday 28 Nov 2022.

I have one more challenge to mention……….. Charity Pluck! More on this in the next instalment.

Thank you to my Sponsors


Ben Wash

Best of luck guys!!


Colin Fernandez-grant


Team Day


Mike D

Best wishes for the 'gentle strolls' Colin, and especially the plucking!!


Deal Hockey Club


Katharine Huffman And John Rusciolelli

Go team!!


Saks Kings Hill Clients & Friends


Cathy Barber

So proud of you both! Consider this your Christmas gift Catriona (and David)😘😘



Thank you for always encouraging me. Cx


David Stringer

You are both working really hard for this. Good luck, keep going!


Nz Fernandez Clan

Keep up the amazing effort Colin!



Well done Colin & Catronia on your total dedication to your training! Enjoy the day!!


Christine & John Hutchison

Well done both!


Malcolm Ross

Godspeed, Sir! It's a long time since I was in the condition to run a marathon.


Andrew Stringer

Catriona, All the very best with the 2 marathons in 2 weeks. We will be cheering you from the sofa with a drink in hand!!


Charlotte Andre


Laura Harvey

Good luck team C&C


Alan Lovell

Go Catriona!



Let’s go!


Wendy Stringer

Good luck. Enjoy" Wendy


Paul Mccreanor


Cathy And Dave Barber

We are very proud of the work you two are doing! Take care and stay safe and healthy! Cathy and Dave


Mark C

Good luck with all of it Colin, rather you than me.


Charlotte Richardson

Good Luck with your race and beard plucking ☺️


Holly, Mike & Ellen

Well done! What an incredible achievement.


The Rae Family

Best of luck Catriona and Colin xx


Adam & Ana

Good luck to you both for a very deserving cause


Adam Spier

Good luck to you both


Elizabeth Stringer

Good luck, from Auntie Lizzie,x


Claire Wilson

Good luck, I think you're absolutely crackers!


Alison Mansfield

Amazing achievement both of you. Now put your feet up...... xx


Sarah Pegler

Best wishes for this amazing challenge love from Sarah & Julian


Alex And Hannah

Best of luck, a great cause.


Joshua Grant


Chris Maccabe


Nick Giles


Tony Hornby

Good luck Catriona Paula and Tony


Kaushik Ondhia

Good Luck


Fiona Dempster



Great results in Manchester!!! Best of luck for next week. See you soon JT


Duncan Hutchison

All the best, Team C & C


Kelly Browne

Well done Colin. Good luck with the marathon.


Mandy & Ian

Have a brilliant day tomorrow. You’re both smashing it! Mandy & Ian


Mama Caty

Great cause, well done both of you x


Robert Wheeler

Good luck.


Kate Bosley

Good luck


Kerry & Al

Good Luck Col and running buddy! We know you’ll smash it! 🏃‍♂️ Love Kerry & Al x



Wishing you both all the best luck. Enjoy it!


Clive Relf

...any friend of Mike Dyer!!! Good luck


Charlie T

Good luck, great cause Love Charlie and Teresa x


Rich And Amy Salmon

Amazing work guys X


Sarah Spence

...via Mike Dyer.


Alan Paine



Good luck Colin on the day hope you run well.



Good work with the training out in AL 🇺🇸 rigid discipline!


Mikala Mallett

Well done! Super effort 🫶🏼


Cezar My Canadian Friend


Bella And Jeff

Good luck to you both!


Kevin Storey


Steve Braithwaite


Craig Robertson

Good luck to you both!


Carmen Philpott


Zoe (sports Massage)

Good luck!


Tracey Danby

Well done to you both xx


Bruce Watson

Great effort, Col.


Alice Whitehead

good luck Colin


James Kenton

Good luck Colin!!!




Anthony Wyman