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£2,415raised of £5,000 target by 41 supporters

Weʼre raising £5,000 to help refugees by supporting local initiative, 10,000 Bowls of Soup, who raise funds for the international charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Gloucester, UK

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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!

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  • Maddy Ridge9 days ago
    Maddy Ridge

    Maddy Ridge

    9 days ago

    Hi, school hol's mean I've had to adjust my training for my next race on August 17th at Westonbirt House. I can now only run much shorter distances (around 3k which takes 20min), but cycle to work & do 'metabolic workouts' in the kitchen (whilst parenting). Will see how effective this is at W'birt where & I hope to run around 1 hr / 1 hr 3min. Thank you everyone who has helped me reach 47% of my £5,000 target. With less than 50 days to my final challenge, a half marathon on 30 of Sept, I am putting all my energy into raising the full £5k. M

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  • Maddy Ridge1 month ago
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    Maddy Ridge

    1 month ago

    It's not my birthday until Saturday but already the horses are going wild with the excitement of it all! And far more importantly, just delighted to have crossed the 25% mark in my fundraising; thank you all so much.

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  • Maddy Ridge1 month ago
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    1 month ago

    Thank you everyone for your support yesterday. I ran the whole race in 28 degree heat & still had gas in the tank crossing the finishing line, so I must be gradually returning to form. The only long term downside that I expect are sun burnt ankles - you always forget somewhere! I was really lifted by how many of you donated these last 24 hours and your messages of support. My next race is 17th August at Westonbirt. Please do “share” these updates with anyone who you think might support MSF. Thank you so much for you enthusiastic support. M

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Page last updated on: 8/19/2018 8:49 AM



  • Anonymous


    Aug 19, 2018

  • Kate Vince

    Kate Vince

    Aug 13, 2018

    Good luck Maddy! You are incredible and will smash it!! Xxx


  • tony burgess-webb

    tony burgess-webb

    Aug 12, 2018

    Great cause. Good luck at Westonbirt & beyond. Tony & Mandy & Emma


  • Anonymous


    Aug 6, 2018

    Run Forest. Run!


  • Fran, Ruby & Wilf

    Fran, Ruby & Wilf

    Jul 20, 2018

    Maddy you are truly inspirational, an amazing effort! Xxx


  • Andy and Sian Simpson

    Andy and Sian Simpson

    Jul 14, 2018

    You are an inspiration, well done.


  • Kim Pannett

    Kim Pannett

    Jul 13, 2018

    Whoop! Go Maddy!! Hats off to you and all the best for the rest of your runs!


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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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