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Rich's #RunTime2016

to inspire myself and inspire others...... for Helen & Douglas House because Without H&D House, the world would be a sad place

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Helen & Douglas House

We provide care at the hospice and at home to children in the Thames Valley region

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Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

#RunTime2016 was born out of low self esteem, bad lifestyle choices, and a poor social attitude, I was verging on being self destructive, the polar opposite of the unbelievable work that is done 24/7 at Helen and Douglas house, your donation, no matter how small, helps, and that's all we need in this world, just a little help.......

New Year's Eve 2015, I was 115kg+, 2 heart attacks in the bag (both self inflicted) chronic asthmatic, I was having panic attacks, and was dangerously approaching being pre-diabetic, and basically, generally not taking care of myself, either physically or mentally, but more seriously, not wanting to......I was often not a nice person to be around, those closest to me would testify that, so, with 2016 looming large, I declared, by the cooker, to my partner Charlotte, quite boldly that: "I'm going to run EVERY. SINGLE. DAY of 2016 and take control of my life back".....

Now, fast forward over 9 months, as of Friday 11th November, I've ran 325 times in 315 days, lost 22kg, represented Headington RoadRunners in over 30 races, amassed 25 PB's along the way, and seen my weight tumble to 93kg, and I'm not done yet!!!!!

On Sunday 9th October I'll be once again tackling my nemesis, the Oxford Half Marathon (PB 2:08:50) on my way to New Year's Eve 2016 and the completion of #RunTime2016, and am hoping, dreaming of a sub 2 hour clocking!!!

**********Oxford Half Marathon UPDATE 09/10/16**********

Was on for 1:58 until knee fell out (AGAIN!!!!) After 12.9 of the 13.1 miles, and finished in an agonising 2:00:30, buy hey, still a PB of almost 9 minutes!!!!! The next #Runtime2016 challenge is making my duathlon debut (run/bike/run) at Windsor, Saturday October 15th, best get pedaling!!!!!! 


**********Windsor Duathlon Debut Update 15/10/16**********

I would love to say it hurt, but it didn't!!! I had the best time, the total highlight was HURTLING ALONG at 40km/h on my rebuilt retro bike, cannie wait until the rematch at Dorney Lake on Sun 19th November!!

http://www.stuweb.co.uk/race/1oy/338.html

Next Challenge!!!!!!!

Return to Winsor on 19th November for Duathlon Take 2!!!!

***Update***

Did Windsor in howling gales and freexing weather, was chuffed to finish 59th out of 130, progress indeed!!!


*********Eynsham 10k Update 27/11/16***********

my 10k time
started in January at 59:46, I just SMASHED that for a shiny new PB of
51:19!!!!...Next Stop?..parkrun Saturday 3rd December to ALL OUT ATTACK
my PB of 24:30!!!!



So, why Helen & Douglas House? 

Well, I've been a volunteer chef/baker there for over almost 3 years, and I can safely say that every week is an absolute treat and a total highlight (as demonstrated by my weekly Facebook cake posts!!!)  The work they do is SO amazing, SO skilled, and SO often unnoticed/unrewarded, and the respite care they offer is second to none,  I see first hand week on week the difference it makes to all the families involved, so in my opinion, who better to help, seriously....?

That's it really, I am now once again in a fantastically happy place, I love my family, I love my partner, I once again love life, something I thought not possible at the turn of the year, and I want to make a difference to those who make such a HUGE difference to those in need.

Thanks for reading.

Rich

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  • Finishing of the Windsor Duathlon IN STYLE!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Running towards happiness!!!!
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