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I am fundraising for The Guide Dogs for the Blind AssociationWhy I am running Brighton Marathon
Several years ago I had this mad idea to run a marathon before I turned 50 – as most of you know I am more of a plodder that spends more time on the injury bench than running.
But the dream has always remained with me, especially as I wanted to raise monies for The Guide Dogs – for those of you who do not know, my Dad became partially sighted whilst working one day. It was back in October 2002 – there were no signs, no warnings – just blackness.
This was a very hard time for my Dad and he eventually had to give up work and sell up my parents home in London and move away. This also dealt a massive blow to my Dads self-confidence and he felt that he had been robbed of his retirement and all the things he had planned to do.
Fortunately the wonderful Barnie joined our family in late 2015 and has been by my Dads side ever since – he turned 5 in January (2019). This has allowed my Dad to find his independence and in the past year he has also taken up Blind Bowls which he enjoys playing once a week. As for Barnie, he is a wonderful dog – so caring and understanding, and also has a fun playful side and is a pleasure to be around.
This experience has given me a real appreciation of the all the hard work that this charity does and I wanted to do something to raise some much needed funds and also to raise awareness.
I had applied for the London ballot on two occasions (once from my sunbed in Jamaica – I blamed it on the rum) but neither time have I been successful. So I thought rather than rely on 3rd time lucky (and also panicked that the days to my 50th birthday were passing fast) I decided to take the bull by the horns and I signed up for the Brighton Marathon (yes there is life outside of London). I have funded this place myself rather than take up a valuable charity slot and I hope to raise as much money as I can for The Guide Dogs.
Not only am I plodding around Brighton, but I have also signed up to walk (very quickly) Beachy Head Marathon in October – now for those of you who know the area, this isnt a walk in the park and there is a time limit to beat – but if you dont try then you can never achieve your dreams. There are also another 48 things on my list to do before my 50th year is complete!!!
This is not going to be easy for me (who says marathon running is) and as I hardly run in 2018 due to a variety of reasons I have more hurdles to clear. Fortunately I did a bit of walking through out 2018 and I have been working very hard on building up my weak areas and sorting out my mind set. Whatever happens on 14th April 2019 I will have tried my best and given it my all. And then I will give it the same oomph on 26th October 2019.
I know everyone asks for sponsorship, and I must admit it does get a bit much on times but if you can find some spare change down the back of the sofa then I will really be grateful for this.
I shall also be running two competitions:-
1. Name the Guide Dog Pup – only £2 an entry and you could win a Barnie bonus;
2. Can you guess my time? – again £2 an entry and you could win a Kenny bonus.
So watch this space for more info justgiving.com
In the meantime, Ken/ Barnie and I would like to thank you for reading this far and for supporting me in whatever way you can.
Thank you, Wombling Plodder
To make a donation, please visit: http://www.justgiving.com/SlowAndProud
. . "No matter how slow I run I am faster than my couch" - Anon.
. . "If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run." -John Bingham
. . "Anything is possible, it's just hard work and grafting" - Mo Farah
Steps PB 53,402 (marathon)
HM PB @ Brighton Marathon 3:18:44
1st marathon (Brighton 7:02:35)
Steps PB 35,708 (13/05/18 = Cranleigh HM trail walk) / plus 20 mile midnight walk in June (spread over two days) Event = 50,098
740 miles walked
Steps PB 36,227 (03/12/17 = Betteshanger HM trail walk)
1 mile PB @ 10:57 - May 2016
5km PB @ 39:02 - June 2016 (Lowestoft)
Horsham PB @ 39:09 June 2016
8km PB @ 1:07:38 - October 2016
Return to running with the Horsham Joggers (Learn to Run course)
98 miles then sat on the injury bench for 6.5 months !!!
less miles than the year from hell !!! 68 miles
- the year from hell !!! 77 miles
10km PB @ 1:23:54 - Nov 2012
10km PB @ 1:26:58 - May 2012
my first 5 mile race- 8th May 2011
5m PB @ 1:11:26 - May 2011
my first 10k race - 30th May 2011 [1:32:13]
I took up walking in preparation for the MoonWalk which I completed in May
5km PB @ 41:33 - Nov 2010
60 miles [Sep to Dec]
Took part in RFL (12/07/09) in memory of my cousin and decided that I needed to get fit if I was to look fab in my 40s So I loitered around Bedfont parkrun for a while and joined the volunteers And was then brave enough to take part in my first run
my first 5 km race - 14th November 2009 [42:42]
5km PB @ 41:44 - Dec 2009
"No matter how slow I run I am faster than my couch" - Anon.
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