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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 Bardwell2 months ago
    Gemma Bardwell

    Gemma Bardwell

    2 months ago

    Today I ran MK half in 30 degree heat! I love MK as I used to live there and my children were born there but today was a really challenge. The heat broke me. Im not ashamed to say I walked a lot of the way. I saw 3 people collapse on route and everyone was found it hard. I felt dizzy and sick a lot of the way round and didnt know if I would be able to complete it. I had the support of some amazing friends but it still goes down as the worst race in history! A very difficult day. I am sunburnt and ill, but strangely looking forward to Liverpool

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  • Gemma Bardwell2 months ago
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    Gemma Bardwell

    2 months ago

    I ran Longhorn half marathon on April 22nd. It was the 4th of the year. I completed the course by myself in a fraction under 2.30. A really challenging course though- my toughest yet. The heat was awful and the fact it was a trail run did not help. This day I suffered with crippling leg pain, bad knees and blood blisters. Despite the bad experience I am still determined to keep going. The support I am receiving is amazing. Thank you xx

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  • Gemma Bardwell4 months ago
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    Gemma Bardwell

    4 months ago

    Last Sunday I completed the LLHM- my 3rd half this year. It was such an amazing day, by far my favourite. The route was amazing, and entertainment was amazing. I was blown away by the support from the people there. More importantly I got to run with some of my favourite running buddies and also got to meet new friends and faces. The next one is Milton Keynes and I cannot wait to get my hands on that cow medal :-) Thank you much for all of your support. So far we stand at around £1,800. An amazing amount considering we are only in March!

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Page last updated on: 7/4/2018 2:10 PM

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67

  • Gemma Bardwell

    Gemma Bardwell

    Jul 4, 2018

    Offline fundraising for virtual run

    £16.00

  • Mhairi Bowe

    Mhairi Bowe

    Jul 4, 2018

    Amazing achievements Gemma! Looking forward to joining you at Monsal xxx

    £8.00

  • Lisa Whistance

    Lisa Whistance

    Jul 4, 2018

    For Monsal Run

    £8.00

  • Jayne Potter

    Jayne Potter

    Jul 3, 2018

    Look forward to doing your last half with you Gemma and hope it’s not hot!!!!

    £10.00

  • Julie Bridges

    Julie Bridges

    Jul 3, 2018

    Looking forward to cheering you home on your 12th HM, what an achievement.

    £8.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 3, 2018

    Looking forward to running your last half with you. Andrea xx

    £10.00

  • Kayleigh Rigby

    Kayleigh Rigby

    Jul 3, 2018

    £8.00

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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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