Wil Block on his Virtual London Marathon inspiration
We spoke to lifelong Palace fan, Wil Block, about why he has chosen to run the Virtual London Marathon for Palace for Life.
The world has changed over the past year with virtual meetings a part of everyday life. However 2021 will mark the first official running of the Virtual London Marathon after last year’s mass participation event was unfortunately cancelled.
The virtual event has given Wil Block a brilliant opportunity to take part in the famous race, following his involvement in our Race Europe challenge earlier this year. We caught up with the lifelong Eagle about his Palace inspirations, running history and why he continues to support Palace for Life.
Where are you based?
I am originally from south London, but moved to Philadelphia, USA in 2000.
How did you become a Palace fan?
I’m a 3rd Generation Palace fan, my Grandfather originally started going to Selhurst Park as he was a resident in the Dulwich area. He took my dad to games, who then took me. My dad is still a season ticket holder in the Main Stand.
Who is your favourite Palace player (past or present)?
Vince Hilaire… he was the first player that looked so cool in the sash kit, for me as a 5 or so year old just watching him was amazing! I also have to give a special mention to Sir Steve Coppell!
What is your running history?
I have probably run around five or six half marathons so far. At the moment I regularly run around 20 miles per week to keep fit.
What do you enjoy most about running?
The end! I really enjoy the feeling of finishing a run and being done with it. It’s great when you can feel your hard work paying off and feeling fitter within yourself.
Why have you chosen to run for the Palace for Life Foundation?
I love the idea of doing something that benefits those in need from my home town. It’s really important to me to try to support the young people in south London from afar and I know there’s so many people at the Foundation doing very good work in the community.
What are you most looking forward to with the Virtual Marathon?
I’m mostly excited to be participating in my first Marathon, albeit virtually! It should also be good fun creating a route in Philadelphia! I’ll be trying to get people to run different parts of the 26.2 miles with me, although I’m not sure how successful I will be with that!
There is still time for you to secure your place in the 2021 Virtual London Marathon and support the lives of young south Londoners. We currently have 7 places still available, join the team HERE.