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£2,800raised of £5,000 target by 53 supporters

    Weʼve raised £2,800 to help refugees by supporting local initiative, 10,000 Bowls of Soup, who raise funds for the international charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres.

    Gloucester, UK
    Funded on Wednesday, 31st October 2018

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    It's not in the news so much this year but the terrible conditions faced by migrant communities living in camps around the Mediterranean persist and these unfortunate people need our help.

    I have aligned myself with a Stroud based community group, Ten Thousand Bowls of Soup, who raise funds for Medecins Sans Frontieres (“MSF”) to help their work in this troubling arena. They do this mainly by selling an illustrated children’s book and CD. The book is based on the stories told by a student I know, Henry, about volunteering in the camp kitchens and I would like through my running to contribute to a cause very dear to his heart.

    I am therefore asking friends and well-wishers to sponsor my running and if you follow the DONATE link below and pledge any amount you wish. All the money raised will go to MSF to help fund their life-saving work around the Mediterranean.

    Please give generously, and if you would like to find out more about the Ten Thousand Bowls of Soup project there’s more information available at their website

    I will be posting regular updates and photographs as I train for the races, and I will of course let you know how I get on. As I said, I’m relatively fit, but I should also mention that I’m also extremely competitive, and insofar as I’m able won’t let my condition slow me down! Look out for me in the following:

    1. Evesham Town 10k - July 8th 2018

    2. Westonbirt, The Summer 10k, August 17th 2018

    3. Malmesbury, The Flying Monk 10k, August 26th 2018

    4. Cheltenham half marathon – 30th September 2018

    In the meantime I’m running around 40 km a week through the winding lanes and woodland paths of Bussage and Chalford in Gloucestershire (I used to love the smell of wild garlic in the woods, but after so many miles inhaling deeply, I can’t get the thought of Spaghetti Bolognese out of my head)!

    Roll on July 8th, when at least I’ll be running on a road!



    • Maddy Ridge4 months ago
      Maddy Ridge

      Maddy Ridge

      4 months ago

      Just run my 1st half marathon. Preparation was not ideal as both kids had a chuck-up bug all week, & me a monster head cold. Then to cap it on Friday I drank soluble laxatives instead of paracetamol! Standing at the start with my husband asking if I really wanted to do this I was less than confident. BUT, I FLIPPING LOVED IT! - 'til mile 11 when my muscles seized &, my God, it then took some finishing. Yet, 2 hrs 31 min's was only just over my target & placed me a dizzy 2,616. Thank you everyone - pls ask friends to follow the donations link.

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    • Maddy Ridge4 months ago
      Maddy Ridge

      Maddy Ridge

      4 months ago

      2 weeks to my 1st half marathon in Cheltenham & the end of a season which included six 10k's. I've run in the coldest spring in yrs, the hottest summer in 40, two MS attacks, an MRI scan, emergency consultations, a general anaesthetic and 2 pairs of trainers. I've run on treadmills, roads, & tracks fighting boredom, dodging traffic & negotiating hazards (dog poo, seriously, people, pick it up!) with reduced sensation in my feet. I've hit 50% of my target fund raise; huge thanks to all who've donated, but please, link this page to your friends.

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    • Maddy Ridge4 months ago
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      Maddy Ridge

      4 months ago

      Quick update - Westonbirt was tough & I almost pulled up as muscle fatigue reduced my pace to a crawl. I posted a poor time & hit a bit of a low, even thinking of pulling out of the rest of the season. The next race, Malmesbury, was only 8 days later, & was cold, wet & windy. Although I posted a slow time (MS makes it hard to train) my fatigue lifted & I ran with a fluency & pace I'd not managed since May. The final race is 30 September, the Cheltenham half marathon. Providing the MS allows me to train I aim to do 2 hrs 30 min. Wish me luck!

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      Oct 4, 2018

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    • Anonymous


      Oct 3, 2018

      Maddy you star ⭐️ I know how much hard you have have put in and respect how you must have felt at times - well blummen done xxxxxx Mands

    • Alison Winkfield

      Alison Winkfield

      Oct 1, 2018

      You got me! Despite only showing the colour of my cash after your mammoth efforts - I have been following your progress and think you are a STAR - very inspirational to say the least. Well done!!


    • Laura Ball

      Laura Ball

      Sep 28, 2018

      Massive respect Maddy. You'll smash the half marathon xx


    • No-one.


      Sep 28, 2018

      Not only do you run, your cakes are the best.


    • Tegan Hooper

      Tegan Hooper

      Sep 24, 2018

      Go for it x


    • Sam and David

      Sam and David

      Sep 23, 2018

      Fair play, Maddy, stay strong in your mind and see you at the finish. Good luck!


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    Maddy Ridge

    Maddy Ridge

    Gloucester, UK

    I am 41 and whilst relatively fit, as I work with horses, I have only recently started running because I find it helps me with a condition that is new to me, multiple sclerosis. I would like to raise funds through my running to help those less fortunate than myself, refugees.

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