Well, I wanted a new running challenge for 2015, but putting in the time to train for a marathon is out of the question at the moment (I'm a pretty slow runner so working up to 26.2 miles would take me a loooong time). So I thought why not try a half marathon a month? Perfect! But then 12x13 didn't have as good a ring to it as 13x13 so I had to increase it by one, of course (see below for full list of races).
Then I thought, strictly speaking, it should be 13.1x13.1, since a half marathon is 13.1 miles ... so I'm going to run 1.3 miles down the beach to do the Boxing Day Dip in the North Sea at the very end. Who knows - it might even soothe my achy calves..!
And then I thought, since I'm putting all this effort in, it would be nice to raise some money for charity while I'm at it. Once I'd decided that, there was no question what the charity would be.
My Dad has been fighting cancer for three years now, and in that time I have known many others be diagnosed too. Some we have lost, some have been cleared completely and others, like Dad, are still fighting.
What I’ve also seen during that time, is my Dad's treatments being altered and improved thanks to the constant advances being made in cancer research. It amazed me to realise that changes are being made all the time and that the work being done by Cancer Research UK will not only affect cancer sufferers of the future, but can have a huge impact on those already battling. Huge discoveries and cures may not be happening all the time but there is lots being done to ease the discomfort of patients and make their treatment more bearable.
We all know the statistic about 1 in 3 people contracting cancer in their lifetime, but I would bet every single one of us has at least one loved one who has been affected, so I know this is a cause close to many people’s hearts. I would really appreciate your support in my fundraising challenge, whether it's through sponsorship, training with me, cheerleading at races, or all of the above!
My 13 half marathons:
1. 18th January - Brass Monkey
2. 8th February - Harewood House
3. 29th March - Liverpool
4. 3rd May - Keswick
5. 31st May - Edinburgh
6. 7th June - Durham Coast
7. 28th June - Hadrian's Wall
8. 2nd August - Dublin Rock 'n' Roll
9. 13th September - Great North Run
10. 27th September - Redcar
11. 4th October – Cardiff
12. 29th November – River Tees*
13. 13th December – Roseberry Topping Hardmoors
*Update 14.12.15 - I was unable to take part in my scheduled race, the Bamburgh Castles Half on 25th October, as my Dad was very poorly at the time. He died on 9th November and I am heartbroken, but was determined to finish what I’d started. My brilliant friend Julie devised a fab route along the Tees for me to make up my mileage, and some lovely friends joined me on the day, despite sideways hailstones.
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