I've decided to drag myself around the Great North Run.  Those of you that know me will know what a challenge this is going to be.  Not so long ago, running for 90 seconds was hard work and completing a half-marathon was just something that crazy people did.  However, since my mum died I've been trying to get myself into shape, I've lost over 5 stone (70 pounds US or 150kg) and I can now run for an hour - however at the speed I run I still have a long way to go before I can get from Newcastle to South Shields on foot and in the hours of daylight.

To give me some extra motivation, I would really appreciate it if you would be so kind as to donate some money to the Stroke Association as a way to guilt me into training that bit more and make sure I can't not make it round the course.

Thanks for your help.  I'll be sure to post back when I get round the course and let you know how I did.

Updates 1

Thanks everyone. I made it over the line in 2:23:18 (or 28289th place). Was a wee bit painful due to an injury I picked up in training - but you helped me drag myself round. Thanks again for your kind donation to the Stroke Association, it will make a huge difference.

18/09/12 10:46

Raising money for

Stroke Association

Stroke Association

Charity Registration No. 211015

We believe in life after stroke. That’s why we campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best possible recovery. It’s why we fund research into new treatments and ways to prevent stroke. We are a charity, and rely on your support to change lives and prevent stroke. Thank you.

Donations 13

Good on you! All the best and keep up Radio TFS!

Donation by Graham Pembery on 18/09/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well Done - proud of you

Donation by Anonymous on 06/09/12


You best get running, eh?

Donation by Rob Caron on 15/04/12


Cheers Martin from a fellow java veteran. Enjoy your Channel 9 spots.

Donation by eric courville on 09/03/12


This is great, Martin! We are both so proud of you.

Donation by Brian + Elisa on 02/03/12


Way to go Martin! Good luck! So glad to know that you're still running.

Donation by Tonya Nunn on 28/02/12


Great cause, my father died from a stroke so one I support regularly. I am sure you will grow to love running, triathlons next year!

Donation by Richard Fennell on 24/02/12


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Good luck Martin. You go man!!

Donation by Paul Hacker on 23/02/12


Great cause! All the best with the run. Hope you enjoy it as much as my sis did a few years ago.

Donation by Brian Hildebrand on 23/02/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

All the best matey!!

Donation by Mike Cooper on 21/02/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

A very worthy cause indeed, all the best with the run.

Donation by Adrian Lester on 20/02/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Keep up the good work!!!!!

Donation by Yogish Pai on 14/02/12


You better show up at start line. :-)

Donation by Tiago Pascoal on 13/02/12


Donation summary

  • * Online donations£420.00
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£420.00
  • Gift Aid£32.50

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