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OK, this is it. I'm running my first marathon. But this isn't just any marathon challenge; in September I'm running barefoot-style.

Why barefoot-style?

When it came to my first training run, I realised I didn’t have any running shoes, so I'm going to be doing the marathon in my Vivobarefoot shoes, which I used for walking anyway. They're designed to allow the feet to move as if barefoot, with no ankle or arch support and only a thin puncture-resistant sole for protection.

Why The Stroke Association?

I'm hoping to raise £2,000 for The Stroke Association. As most of you will know, the charity has meant a lot to me since my dad had a stroke at the age of 48. The tireless research they do helps prevent and deal with stroke, the UK's third-biggest killer (check out http://www.stroke.org.uk/ for more info).

You were hugely generous when I ran the Great North Run a few years back (and I'm massively grateful) but we didn't quite reach the £1,000 target I'd set myself. And that bothers me! This time round it's twice the distance and twice the pain, so I've set my fundraising target twice as high. Please, please, please - give what you can and let's smash that £2,000 target.

What you'll get in return for your donation

- Blog updates (witty/eloquent/irritating) on my training progress

- A big hug whenever I see you next

- A sense of satisfaction that you're helping tackle stroke

If my dad was around, he'd be saying "Don't be a tight bastard, put your [digitised] hand in your [PayPal-powered] pocket". So get giving!

Liam

Note (25/04/12): I was originally running the Greater Manchester marathon, but had to pull out due to injury. I'm now signed up for the Loch Ness marathon, but Justgiving won't let me change the event name on this page. I'm annoyed at them for this, but rest assured the money all still goes to The Stroke Association.

Raising money for

Stroke Association

Stroke Association

Charity Registration No. 211015

We believe in life after stroke. That’s why we campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best possible recovery. It’s why we fund research into new treatments and ways to prevent stroke. We are a charity, and rely on your support to change lives and prevent stroke. Thank you.

Donations 61

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Donation by Anonymous on 27/09/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Good luck Liam!! fantastic cause!

Donation by abi sutton on 30/05/12

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Hope the training is going well. Loch Ness should be a fantastically scenic marathon, watch out for the midges though! Good Luck :-)

Donation by James Harris on 02/05/12

£10.00

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Well Done Liam! Hope your raise the amount you wanted :-) Xxx

Donation by Elizabeth Saunders on 22/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good Luck Liam :)

Donation by Kate Penny on 20/04/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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You've raised so much already, hope it continues to and beyond your target

Donation by Chris Downton on 19/04/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good luck Liam.Fond memories of your Dad

Donation by Sally Heaven on 19/04/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good luck mate

Donation by Joe Robertson on 18/04/12

£5.00

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Good luck Liam!

Donation by Helen Jackson on 17/04/12

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Hope it goes well, you're a very impressive person.

Donation by Lizzy Kirkham on 16/04/12

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Might as well bring it up to £1000!

Donation by Jack Hartshorn on 16/04/12

£6.00

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Donation by Jack Hartshorn on 16/04/12

£10.00

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finally done! good luck! x

Donation by Kerry Hopwood on 16/04/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Good luck!! x

Donation by Hattie on 15/04/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Good luck Liam, All the very best.

Donation by Joe Lodge on 14/04/12

£15.00

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As promised! Hope it goes well.

Donation by Jeremy on 13/04/12

£26.00

+ £6.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck Liam :) x

Donation by Samantha Austin on 13/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck Liam!

Donation by Alice Penny on 13/04/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Good luck!!

Donation by Colin Weekes on 13/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Chloe Bell on 12/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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An uncomfortably small amount for you my lovely. xxx

Donation by A lovely generous person lacking funds. on 12/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Hope it goes well!

Donation by Nicola Mansell on 12/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck.

Donation by Andy Caine on 12/04/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Good luck

Donation by Lynne Swerdlow on 12/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Have fun!

Donation by Joe Ryan on 11/04/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,080.00
  • Offline donations£200.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£1,280.00
  • Gift Aid£195.25

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