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Fundraising for Blind Veterans UK

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  • Event: Virgin London Marathon 2012, 22 Apr 2012

Blind Veterans UK

We help blind veterans to discover a life beyond sight loss

Charity Registration No. 216227

Story

Done the Marathon, got the medal and now trying to recover.  Just wanted to update you on my experience of the day.

 

It was really tough going and took every ounce of effort and more to get around.  It felt a lot harder on the day then at training, I think this is due to the time I was running, having not had a big meal before hand to load on the carbs.

 

The atmosphere was magical and the support from the crowds was just amazing with all kinds of offerings from Jelly Beans, to carrots, to biscuits.  I must admit I was struggling so much that I tried almost everything there was on offer, to see if it helped in any way.  They didn’t really, but hey it was worth a try.  I just carried on putting one foot in front of the other.  Sometimes stopping to walk and rest.  The spectators would then shout my name (even though I am a complete stranger to them) and give me that bit more motivation to start running again and make it around.  When you reach the last mile, the realisation set in “I am going to make it around”.  Then comes the last bend with 400metres to go.  Seeing that finish line, all of a sudden I had all this energy bursting to get out “Run Niki Run”  came to my mind and I just sprinted so fast, I was flying past everyone else just to get to that line.  Where that energy came from I have no idea, but I was so relieved to just get to that finish line and to finally be able to rest and eat something.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

Niki

 

I have been getting back into running, just trying to keep fit and be healthy. Whilst I am enjoying my running and getting into such a good routine, I need a challenge like no other.  What is a bigger challenge than taking on the mighty London Marathon.  I think this year for me is the perfect opportunity to take this on and would be such an achievement in my life to complete this marathon and also at the same time, manage to raise money for my chosen charity Blind Veterans UK.

I want to raise money for a great charity called Blind Veterans UK. A charity that provides life long support for ex-Service men and Women who have lost their sight, whether it be during active service, or suffered vision problems later on in life.  Please visit Blind Veterans UK website for more information about this charity www.Blindveterans.org.uk

So please help me raise lots of money for Blind Veterans UK and help support me in this challenge of completing my first ever marathon.  Never, ever have I attempted to run over 26 miles (of course I thought about it, that is as far as it ever got).

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

So please dig deep and donate now.

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