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Sian Obrien

Sian's legs need your help

Running the beautiful Royal Parks Half Marathon for Dogs Trust because Mum would if she could; let's help those dogs!

256 %
raised of £250 target
by 41 supporters
  • In memory of: Valerie O'Brien
  • Event: Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon 2017, 08 Oct 2017

Dogs Trust

We run 21 rehoming centres to save over 16,000 abandoned dogs annually

Charity Registration No. 227523, Scotland SC037843


I can hardly believe that it's just over a year now since we said 'see you later' to Mum; what a gorgeous month she chose to sit higher up for a better view. Apparently it's a good month to chuck out some positive karma, too...

On 21st June 2017, precisely 1 year since Mum's send off, I received the fortunate news that a single place had become available in the Royal Parks Half Marathon, to run in support of Dogs Trust. Coincidence, fate or some sort of other-worldly intervention, what I am certain about is that this was the sound of opportunity knocking. Needless to say (but I'll say it anyway) I threw open the door and embraced that opportunity with both arms. My legs were not as keen, but I didn't need them at that point. Engage body before brain...

Surely there is more to it than that?
Yes, you're right. Mum's roots are in London, so to run in the beautiful parks there is reminiscent for me of the beauty she emanated throughout my life. Secondly, dogs, animal rescue charities and specifically Dogs Trust have featured in my life for more years than I care to recall. Let's just say that I couldn't even spell 'anti-wrinkle moisturiser' let alone use it in those former years. Anyone who knows me will be well aware (and be constantly spammed by the fact) of my adoration for dogs, with a particular soft spot for the least fortunate. This is absolutely a learnt behaviour; blame Mum. 

I am currently ignoring the desperate pleading of my legs to dissuade me, but I know that this tactic alone will not be enough as I ramp up to train. I swore I would not run distance again since having some pretty painful knee issues, you see. Whilst the case against the run is extremely alluring, Mum taught me to 'never give up'. With your support, I know that I can drown out the noise and do both Mum and Dogs Trust proud.

If you're still with me...
You'd be justified to feel like you've done the run yourself after that epic read. So, regardless of whether you are able to donate, thank you so much for taking the time to read my rambling, I hope this, or the photos, have given you a little light relief in your day. I may see you out or, if you check back here, you'll be able to see periodic check-in's from me online (that's a warning, by the way, so you are prepared for my sweaty mess of a face) BIG love x

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  • Wise words from the most beautiful woman I've ever known. I love them so much, I got them tattooed (not just because I have a bad memory)
  • Pop pop would definately make running easier...I see why Mum loved her so much! +10