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    Weʼve raised £2,660 to give girls a chance to experience the benefits of being strong, and help people through periods of poor mental health.

    Poole
    Funded on Saturday, 11th November 2023

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    Story

    After a recent period of poor mental health, due to some pretty debilitating perimenopause symptoms, and feeling that I couldn't actually do anything extraordinary anymore, I decided that I needed a challenge!

    The Ultra Challenge Series of events always put on a few 100km walks throughout the summer, so I thought I'd sign up & get one done.

    Excited to feel like I could challenge myself one more, I loaded up the events page for 2023, and browsed the events, wondering how I'd decide which one to do.

    In what can only be described as an extreme moment of 'WTF' 😳, I decided to sign up for all 15 events 🙈

    Two 25km walks, 1 Marathon, 4 continuous 50km walks, and 8 continuous 100km walks!

    That oughta get me out of this slump I thought to myself 🤣

    Then I thought, why suffer for nothing? Why not let other people get the benefit of my blood, sweat, tears and blisters?

    And so I've decided to raise money for two charities that mean a lot to me, and hopefully bring some awareness to how perimenopause can affect our mental health.

    The first, for obvious reasons, is Mind, the mental health charity. Having been lucky enough to get access to NHS mental health resources when I needed them, I know that in the current climate this isn't always possible, so the work that Mind does is more important than ever right now.

    The second is a community project run by my friend Kristen Ingraham Morgan, the owner of LN CrossFit, and founder of the Strong Girl Squad, based in Lincoln.

    The Strong Girl Squad is a group of female strength and conditioning coaches who saw there was a need for girls to be given access to strength training equipment and instruction in a safe and encouraging environment.

    Their girls-only weightlifting workshops teach girls in years 7 to 12 that weightlifting is safe and fun, and that being strong is cool!

    I found weightlifting later on in life, and came to it after trying a whole host of unhelpful coping mechanisms to distract myself from my problems, including various addictions, spells in hospital, and lots of other 'risk taking behaviours'.

    Many of these were rooted in my teens, and steadily got worse into adulthood. Weightlifting, and specifically CrossFit definitely helped get me off a path of self destructiveness and showed me how to be proud of myself once more.

    If I'd had access to a project like the Strong Girl Squad when I was a teenager, I imagine my life would've looked a lot different.

    And that is why I'm super passionate about showing girls that lifting weights is cool!

    I know Kristen has big plans for the project, and I hope that I can help her make them happen by raising some money.

    Any money raised will be split equally between both charities.

    I'll post regular training updates here and also on my Instagram and Facebook page.

    Thanks for reading!

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    • Hayley Field8 months ago
      Hayley Field

      Hayley Field

      8 months ago

      And that's it - the final one. A very emotional 25km round London, which I'm proud to say I completed with clients and friends, some of whom had NEVER walked that distance. I was incredibly proud to see them cross that finish line, through my tears 🤣 What will I do with my life now?? 🤣

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    • Hayley Field8 months ago
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      Hayley Field

      8 months ago

      At the end of September I completed event 14 or 15! The Chiltern 50km, and achieved a MASSIVE PB, after finishing in just 7h 49min and 10 seconds. Never thought I'd be able to achieve sub 8hr but I did it. Felt very emotional knowing that was the last 'big one' of the challenge - the possibility of finishing them all at my first attempt feels very real now 😍 One more to go 💪🏽

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    • Hayley Field9 months ago
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      9 months ago

      A slightly more subdued finishers photo for the Thames Path 100km challenge. THE HEAT 🥵 It was so damn hot! With barely any shade...and to add insult to injury, much of the path passed people enjoying their Saturday afternoon, sunbathing in their bikinis, splashing in the river, eating ice-creams....I tried my best not to look too jealous 🤣 20h 41m 38secs.👊🏼 The last 100, and event 13 of 15 is done ✅

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    112

    • John

      John

      Nov 11, 2023

      Well done, what an inspiration

      £50.00

    • Chrissie

      Chrissie

      Nov 11, 2023

      £10.00

    • Jaki king

      Jaki king

      Nov 11, 2023

      So proud of you

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Nov 8, 2023

      Well Done Hayley! 🤩

      £20.00

    • Laura

      Laura

      Nov 7, 2023

      This is nowhere near enough. Wish I could give more. You are fucking amazing!

      £10.00

    • 🔪

      🔪

      Nov 7, 2023

      £20.00

    • Logan

      Logan

      Nov 5, 2023

      What a legend Hayley

      £20.00

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    Poole

    Food Ninja, business owner, avid walker (good job really 🤣), massive geek for all things health 🤓 Find out more about me here: https://www.instagram.com/iamthefoodninja/

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