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Richard's 2019 Running Oddysey

I am running two Ultras and a Marathon at age 58 for Jane Tomlinson Appeal because I want to fundraise for this fantastic charity.

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  • In memory of: Eric Frost
  • Event: Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon 2019, 20 Oct 2019

Jane Tomlinson Appeal

We carry on Jane's legacy to support children and people with cancer

Charity Registration No. 1113894

Story

I am running a set of increasingly challenging races in 2019 for a number of reasons, not the least of which is to raise money for the amazing Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

What a great deal. You sponsor one, you get 6 free!

What I am doing:

  1. 2 x 10k Races. Completed - Flat Caps, Sowerby Scorcher.
  2. bluebell 10 Mile Trail Race. Completed - that was really tough.
  3. Ultra - Endure 24. Completed stretch goal of 4 x 5 mile laps in 24 hours. June 29th and 30th.
  4. The Great North Run Half Marathon. Completed in just over 2.5 hours, 25 minutes faster than last year.
  5. Ultra - Equinox 24 - goal of 4 (stretch 5) 10k (6 mile) laps in 24 hours. Completed 5 laps - 50km (31 miles)!
  6. Marathon - The Yorkshire Marathon. October 20th. Completed in 5 hours, 56 minutes and 22 seconds.

I am covering ALL the costs. The Jane Tomlinson Appeal provided a branded T Shirt to help with fundraising, and moral support. That is all.

I am doing this for two reasons...

  • There comes a time in every runner's life when they decide they have to attempt a Marathon. This year, it is my turn. I am raising sponsorship in memory of my Dad, Eric Frost, who was taken by Cancer in 1995. He is my inspiration, having run the London Marathon during his cancer treatment in the early '90s
  • I am nearing the end of my journey to get and stay fit, lose weight permanently and conquer stress and depression. At this stage in my life I need to take on an extreme challenge requiring a lot of personal time training, losing weight and getting mentally prepared, so that these behaviours will become a habit more than a hobby. As I edge closer to retirement I would like it to be a long and healthy one, as far as I can make it. I am now four stones lighter than when I started this journey.

I began in 2015 with gym work, dieting and managing my asthma, to the point where in 2016 I was able to run the York 10k in under one hour. Some of you may have sponsored me (for Macmillan) for that. If you did, thanks very much. Following that I upped my efforts and took on 10 mile distances in 2017. In 2018 I raised sponsorship for Macmillan again, this time for the Half Marathon distance. I completed two half marathons in Swansea and the Great North Run. My times were not that great, either side of the three hour mark and I did collapse at the end of the Swansea!

For 2019, I have already completed some races building up to the  really tough ones. Endure 24 is a 24 hour race around a 5 mile lap with 100m of ascent on each lap. As part of a team of 5 I have committed to completing three laps but have a goal of doing four, which would be 20 miles. Following that I will again be doing the Great North Run Half Marathon.

NEWSFLASH: I have added the Equinox 24 ultra event on 21/22 September. Tougher than Endure 24, this has longer laps (10km/6.2 miles) and a huge grassy hill! I am running as one of a pair and aim to do at least 4 laps, which would be marathon distance, over the 24 hours.

Far and away the greatest challenge for me this year will be the full length Yorkshire Marathon on Sunday October 20th. The race itself will be tough but the amount of training and long distance runs I will need to do to prepare for this, alone, will be incredible.

I am doing this anyway. I am doing it for my own well being and long term health. But if you generously sponsor me this would be a massive boost, knowing that you are supporting me and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal to help others to achieve great things too.

I decided in December 2018 that I would not cut my hair until I have completed my marathon. It acts as a daily reminder to me that I need to maintain focus, lose weight, train or go out and run, as part of my preparations. When you see me and head is shaved again, you will know I have completed my marathon. NEWSFLASH I could not cope running with the long hair so I shaved it at the end of August. 

https://www.janetomlinsonappeal.com/


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