£985raised of £10,000 target by 28 supporters

Weʼre raising £10,000 to help St John the Baptist Primary School raise funds for internal building works.

Colwick, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

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I am running 12 Half Marathons in 12 Months to help St John the Baptist Primary School raise money for internal building works. The school has grown and grown over the years and accommodating all of the children, staff and projects has become increasingly challenging. As anyone who has visited the school will know they have developed some innovative ways to meet this need. The next solution involves internal works in which they plan to turn their 1970's vintage library area into two modern and vibrant learning spaces.

I started running with Notts Women's runners one year ago. At that time I couldn't run for 15 seconds without feeling like I needed immediate medical assistance. Now I can run 5k in around 29 minutes, 10k in just over an hour and 10 miles in around 1 hour 50 minutes. I have even had a crack at a few half marathons. I am not the fastest ever but pretty good considering I used to be overweight, clearly unfit and had no desire to do anything about it! I owe this change to an amazing group of women within in my running group who have encouraged me, increased my confidence and made me feel like I can achieve anything. They made me believe that I can make this challenge happen.

I won't lie- I eat too much chocolate and drink too much wine so some people that know me might think it is absolutely ridiculous that I may want to do a challenge like this. To be honest I have never really had the desire to push myself at anything from school through to my adult life. I do know one thing for sure though and that is I love my two children and I love their school. St John's the Baptist Primary School, Colwick is a quiet but friendly school that gives endless opportunities to their pupils. The staff are amazing and welcoming and although my son has only been at the school for a few weeks, he has thoroughly enjoyed every minute. I feel extremely lucky that he goes to this school and I am hoping that my daughter will be able to share these experiences too once she is at school age.

2018 is going to be a huge push for me. The idea of 12 half marathons over 12 months absolutely petrifies me but helping the school is urging me to make this happen. I want to give every child (including my own) the best opportunities available during their time at St John's.

Colwick is an amazing community and I have no doubt it will support me in making this happen. I have only been living here since 2014 but I am proud to be part of it and want to do as much as I can whilst I am here. Please support me in my challenge in trying to help the School achieve their target. This is something that every single child will benefit from and even a few pounds contribution will help make this happen.

I will be starting my challenge with a bang on the 1st January with a very challenging 15 mile route around Whitby. I am hoping to end the year in style, with a half marathon all the way over in Las Vegas! PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL MY HALF MARATHONS AND TRIPS ARE COMPLETELY SELF FUNDED AND 100% OF DONATIONS WILL GO TO ST JOHN THE BAPTIST PRIMARY SCHOOL.

I will be updating everyone with my progress on Facebook and Twitter (links to follow). Please do not hesitate to contact me or the School if you want to ask any questions or put forward any comments about this fundraising page.

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  • Gemma Bardwell9 days ago
    Gemma Bardwell

    Gemma Bardwell

    9 days ago

    Thank you for all your support so far- including offline fundraising we have so far raised £1,700! I have now completed my 2nd half marathon at Prestwold House in Leicestershire. The route was relatively flat but the weather was shocking! The wind made it so cold it was very difficult to run. I managed do it in 2 hours 27 mins which is not my best time but I am still happy with this considering I have been ill quite a lot in the past month and my training hasn't been great. My next half is the London Landmarks Half Marathon on the 25th March.

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  • Gemma Bardwell2 months ago
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    Gemma Bardwell

    2 months ago

    Today I completed my 1st half of 12 which was a 15 mile trail route from Robin Hoods Bay up to Whitby and back. I have done trail routes before but this was by far the hardest! The first 9 miles were ok despite some horrendous hills but after we came to the cliff tops and we were faced with the worst muddy conditions I have ever seen in my life! It was very slow and very hard going but we did it. Despite the slow pace and my crippled feet I am pleased that we managed to achieve this on new years day! Next stop Leicester...11th February.

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  • Amanda Digman

    Amanda Digman

    Feb 12, 2018

    Thanks so much for supporting our school, Gemma. Praying for you as you do this huge challenge x

  • Lisa Parr

    Lisa Parr

    Feb 11, 2018

    Go Cuzina Go! Love Lisa, Rob n kids 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️ X x x


  • Lyndsey Adkin

    Lyndsey Adkin

    Feb 10, 2018

    Well done Gemma. It's an amazing thing that you're doing for our kids and for lots of children for years to come. Good luck for the Leicester half tomorrow and all the other races this year. X


  • Carol and Brian

    Carol and Brian

    Jan 27, 2018

    Good luck


  • Sophie Lin

    Sophie Lin

    Jan 1, 2018

    That's an incredible target and worthy cause, hope you enjoyed today and good luck with the rest of them!!




    Jan 1, 2018

    Well done today. Xxx


  • Jaq Stevens

    Jaq Stevens

    Jan 1, 2018

    Well done Gem! First one done! You can do it! So proud of you!


About the fundraiser
Gemma Bardwell

Gemma Bardwell

Colwick, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

I am running 12 Half Marathons in 12 Months to help St John's raise money for internal building work. The School has grown over the years and accommodating children, staff and projects has become challenging meaning that new modern and vibrant learning spaces are needed.

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