In 2020 I will be undertaking a new charity challenge for the Children's Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF). The challenge is called the "52 in 52 Challenge" and will see me take part in 52 running races in 52 weeks, so by the time I finish I will have raced a full year for the charity. The challenge is due to start the first weekend in February (first race is likely to be the Sunday 2nd) and will finish 52 weeks later on Sunday 31st January 2021.
The reason for doing a mammoth challenge is to show my families appreciation for what Dr Hares and everyone at the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit have done for my daughter. After Molly suffered a stroke at the age of 9 in February 2018, we had to battle all the doctors to find out what was wrong with her and trust me we weren't stopping until we found out what was making Molly so poorly! It wasn't until May of this year that Molly was diagnosed with a heart condition called Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome when we visited Dr. Hares in Leeds. On November 7th this year Molly underwent a heart operation, called Catheter Ablation this is where Dr Hares and his team went in and destroyed the extra pathway causing Molly's WPW syndrome and restore normal heart rhythm. This took just over 4 hours and while in there they also discovered Molly had category 3 heart failure due to a blocked valve, if it hadn't have been found Molly's heart would have failed, the team repaired this while Molly was in theatre. Molly has been given a 90% success rate which to us is absolutely amazing and this is down to Dr Hares and all the wonderful people at the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit.
We are as a family forever in their debt. This is my way of going some way to repaying that debt. By doing this challenge for CHSF, all the funds go directly towards supporting the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit in becoming a world class centre of excellence – by providing the funding and resources needed to care for a patient’s heart, mind, family and future.
The challenge will officially start on the 1st of February 2020 and will finish on the 31st of January 2021. The reason for stating in Feb is it will be the 2 year anniversary of when my daughter first became ill, so to start the challenge at the same time made perfect sense.Challenge Guidelines
- Run at least one of the following distances; 5k, 5 mile, 10k, 10 mile, half marathon, 20 mile and marathon.
- All races must go on my power of 10 profile.
- The races must be either road or track races.
- As long as I complete the challenge 'in', 'within', 'inside' the maximum time constraints of the challenge, then I will have achieved my challenge. So, for example, I could do 3 races in one week and then none for a couple of weeks and then carry on (to cover things like family holidays). So long as all 52 races have been completed within the 52 weeks time frame.
- Blackburn Winter Warmer 10k – 2/2
- Humber Bridge HM – 28/6
- ABP Humber Costal HM – 20/9
- Hull Marathon – 27/9