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For many, running the London Marathon is a real bucket list moment after being inspired by the thousands of runners who head out each year to complete the iconic 42.2km course.
Getting a place on the London Marathon this year was certainly the start of that experience for me, however when the reality of training in the depths of winter kicks in, it takes a cause that inspires you to actually keep going!
I am therefore excited and grateful to the British Dyslexia Association for accepting me onto their team this year, joining a friendly and committed group of runners fundraising on behalf of the BDA.
The BDA is a small but great charity, offering information, support and training for those living with dyslexia and their network of family, colleagues and teachers. Many of my fellow TeamBDA runners have shared inspiring stories of how the charity has made a difference to them which proves (if prof were needed) of the value of their work.
Whilst I don’t have a personal dyslexia story inspiring me to run, I am very aware of just how many of my friends, family and acquaintances do have their own dyslexia story to tell and how they, on hearing of my chosen charity, have wanted to share their personal experiences.
Many of those people told me about their challenges at school, often not knowing until many years later that they were in fact dyslexic, while others spoke positively of the support they received in education and the workplace to allow them to thrive in their chosen field and go on to achieve their amazing success stories; it is so motivating to know that my fundraising will help others go on to do great things.
Having sprained my ankle in training in February of this year, I feared my chances of running the 2019 marathon were over, however (with positive encouragement from TeamBDA) I am now working as hard as I can to ensure I get over the finishing line on the 28th April!
I hope many of you will be as generous as you can to support this great cause and keep me going on the big day!