This years challenge is called 18 in 2018. Keeping with the theme of the previous two challenges. This challenge will consist of 18 races over 2018. 12 will be 10km races and 6 will be half marathon races. You might be thinking to yourself how is this a challenge for you? Well to make it a challenge I have to run all the 10km races in under 37 minutes and all the half marathons in under 80 minutes. This is sub 6:00/mi pace for the 10ks and 6:06/mi pace for the HM’s. My PB’s are slightly faster however to be able to knockout 12 10km and 6 HM in those times within a 12 month period is going to be a tough ask.
The reason I came up with this challenge and previous challenges is I had always wanted to give back to a charity that helped me when I as a child. The charity in question is the NSPCC (Childline) as I used their Childline number on numerous occasions due to bullying at school and physical & mental abuse at home, they were there when I had suicidal thoughts as a teenager and if it wasn’t for the people at the other end of the line listening and offering me support and advice things could have been a lot different. I came out of that dark period a different person and use what happened to me as a child, to spur me on and become a better person. By doing this challenge I want to help others and let them know there is help out there and things can get better, by raising money and awareness of what the NSPCC and Childine do.
You can read why I support the NSPCC/Childine below and also more on my amazing journey via these articles & features.
As of 1 Jan 2018 the current running totals raised are as follows;
- NSPCC via JustGiving: £5656.07 including gift aid
- NSPCC via a campaign: £1,318,846