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I am running the marathon for the VERY 1st time for Meningitis Research Foundation because MRF is at war with meningitis + they funded my PhD

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  • Event: London Marathon 2018, 22 Apr 2018

Meningitis Research Foundation

We fund research and raise awareness to create a world free from meningitis

Charity Registration No. England 1091105,SC037586, Ireland CHY 12030

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I am not a KEEN runner. However, I love football, played in my hay days, now trying to teach kids as an FA level 1 football coach. That's about it when it comes to running. Friends from secondary school and indeed university will know that with football no one catches me (short distance though).

Why did I decide to run a MARATHON?

To challenge myself as I can play football from dusk to dawn without any troubles. This is a mammoth task. I am no Mo or Paula. My muscles are for sprinting and not for long distance running (confirmed by a physiotherapist I saw recently!)

Why run for MRF?

Folks across the country ran and did all sorts to raise money for charity which eventually funded my PhD research. I promised myself that I will do the same to enable others. More importantly MRF is engaged in a battle which I subscribe to. " To rid the world of this menace called meningitis".

I read the stories of over 450 families of infants younger than 3months who have been through meningitis. Without doubt I can tell you that it has had great impact on my life and professional practice.

Have you tried to do this before?

Yes I did get in some years ago but had a medial meniscus tear which needed an arthroscopic meniscectomy. It was painful as I had to drop out.

How determined are you?

Oh well, whatever it takes to cross the line. My training started in the new year. I have had a small set back but that will not deter me. I was hit by a car whilst cycling for extra training. I paused running for 18 days but now building up again. The prospects of raising thousands of pounds for MRF will keep me going.

Will you give regular updates?

I will do my best to update you on my running. I do have a running app which I can share in the near future.

Please donate generously to this JUST CAUSE!

I may even send a link to all the outputs from MRF funded work I was involved in, who knows!

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