Your friends are fundraising. Don't miss out, opt in.

We did it!

Ste Jones raised £2,612 from 138 supporters

or

Start your own crowdfunding page

Closed 01/05/2018

0%
£2,612raised of £1,500 target by 138 supporters

    Weʼve raised £2,612 to help fund a Sensory Garden at Chesnut Lodge Specialist School, Widnes

    Widnes, United Kingdom
    Funded on Tuesday, 1st May 2018

    What is crowdfunding?

    Crowdfunding is a new type of fundraising where you can raise funds for your own personal cause, even if you're not a registered nonprofit.

    The page owner is responsible for the distribution of funds raised.

    Story

    Hi, Welcome to my fundraising page for the Virgin Money London Marathon 2018.

    January 2016 I made a New Years resolution, Surprise surprise...... It was to lose weight. I bought a used treadmill good enough to take 21 stone pounding it and embarked on the Couch to 5k. I locked myself in the garage a few times a week and ran until the narrator said I could walk. It felt like forever, It was 2 mins run and 3 mins walking ! I struggled I don't mind admitting. I hated that lady in my headphones telling me to run when I'd only just started walking. After a few weeks I remember running one Saturday and it was just to purely see how far Id get before I had to stop. Feeling confident and strong I covered the display and off I went running on the spot.... For ages. Exhausted I removed the towel to reveal I had run non stop for 760 yards ! I was distraught, What am I doing? I couldn't even complete a mile.

    I wasn't ever giving in though. Im far too stubborn.

    As the weight dropped off I had a goal to complete an outdoor run by the end of 2016. Xmas Eve Widnes Parkrun it was. I had to do this. I didn't sleep before hand, The 3.2 miles around Victoria Park was my marathon. Fail to complete this and Christmas was ruined I muttered. I did it in just over 30 mins but I did it. I went out and ran in public without stopping.

    Anyway as confidence grew and races went by I found myself even watching running on the TV, The London Marathon. Imagine running that. Intrigued by the process of applying and being selected as a 1st time entry to be one of the lucky 17000 applicants out of over 250.000 entries in one of the Worlds greatest marathons. I wouldn't be picked, Surely.... 😲

    October 2nd 2017... London Marathon decision day. The magazine arrived, " YOU'RE IN " it said. Surely some mistake, Me in next years London Marathon at the 1st time of asking?

    As I got in through ballot I don't have to raise funds. Ive paid my entry, hotel and travel but to run a gruelling 26.2 miles around our capital in April I want to make the most of this opportunity.

    My severely disabled 15 year old daughter attends a local SEN school, Chesnut Lodge Specialist School. Their fundraising focus at the moment is to revamp their sensory garden. Chesnut Lodge is a well loved and well respected school and the pupils there are a pleasure to be around. We can make a massive difference to the children of Chesnut Lodge that frequent the gardens and help give it a modern upgrade.

    So please, if you’re able, give what you can to a fantastic cause. Every donation and every message of encouragement will be motivation to train through the winter months, and make to the finish line in April!

    I hope to post regular updates of training and progression. Let me tell you I am itching get started. Seriously, VLM Training plan Week 1 Day 1 .... Rest. I got this! 👊

    Thank you. Ste. 👍

    Updates

    9

    • Ste Jones2 years ago
      Ste Jones

      Ste Jones

      2 years ago

      Week 8 ... Tuesday 5 Mile run around the Dream and Wednesday 6 mile dash around town. I went into the half using it purely as a long training run however there was a sweeper bus to collect any runners finishing the 13.1 later than 2h 45m. I had to beat that, That was my only goal. I took it on with a very supportive mate and kept me in check and the legs moving most of the way. A little stop/start from mile 9 water station but smashed (by my standards) the Wrexham Half Marathon, My 1st ever one in 2h 20m. Absolutely made up !

      Update from the Page owner

      Share this update to help us raise more

    • Ste Jones2 years ago
      Ste Jones

      Ste Jones

      2 years ago

      Week 7 ... Back to the normal weekly mileage and midweek runs, Couple of easy 6 miles and a 12 mile long run on the Sunday with various friends. Some joining in for 3, some for 5 miles, All joining in to support me. I really am blessed with some fantastic support

      Share this update to help us raise more

    • Ste Jones2 years ago
      Ste Jones

      Ste Jones

      2 years ago

      Week 6 ... After Mad dog 10k I had to get back on track, Ill or not. Had a little leg stretch Tuesday, What a terrible run. Struggled all the way around and had to listen to my body at just 3 miles in, More days off needed. Things was falling apart and not just my Marathon plan. Saturday I felt better and headed out alone on a 11 mile run, 1 extreme to the other as I felt great. I learnt as quick as a bad run run can knock you down a good run doesn't half pick you back up! Fingers crossed back on the horse.

      Share this update to help us raise more

    2 years ago

    Ste Jones started crowdfunding

    Leave a message of support

    Page last updated on: 4/26/2018 15.09

    Supporters

    138

    • Paul Farrell

      Paul Farrell

      Apr 26, 2018

      Wonderful effort Ste and a great cause.

      £20.00

    • Tony Spruce

      Tony Spruce

      Apr 23, 2018

      Petrol money my ArseWell done mateProud of you

      £10.00

    • Brian O'Connor

      Brian O'Connor

      Apr 23, 2018

      Well in big fella - u looked like you could have run it again if you wanted to :) Great achievement.

      £30.00

    • Alison Quinn

      Alison Quinn

      Apr 23, 2018

      Fantastic acheivement Ste, well done and get that garden completed 👏👏

      £10.00

    • Liz Hindley

      Liz Hindley

      Apr 23, 2018

      Congratulations Steve, a brilliant effort thank you on behalf of the school governors.

      £20.00

    • David Jackson

      David Jackson

      Apr 22, 2018

      £10.00

    • Debbie Hughes

      Debbie Hughes

      Apr 22, 2018

      Well done Ste x

      £10.00

    Great people make things happen

    Do you know anyone in need or maybe want to help a local community cause?

    Create you own page and donʼt let that cause go unfunded!

    About Crowdfunding
    About the fundraiser
    Ste Jones

    Ste Jones

    Widnes, United Kingdom

    Non-Runner now running through his mid-life crisis in style

    Report this Page