stephen croft

Michael is running for INSPIRE, the spinal cord injury research charity

Fundraising for INSPIRE
raised of £500 target
by 3 supporters
Running the Clarendon Marathon on 6th October 2024, 6 October 2024

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RCN 296284
We fund research for practical solutions to benefit those with spinal cord injuries


I am a supporter of INSPIRE and want to help it raise funds for research into spinal cord injury. Now aged 44, I have been married for 17 years and have 3 children. After putting on a lot of weight - at one point I was over 20 stone - I got to 37 and decided I had to lose weight for my health.

I started dieting, and joined a gym. I managed to get down to 17 stone and then I started using the treadmill. I liked running as a teenager but not as an adult!. After a couple of drinks one night I signed up to do the Great South Run. Oops, then the reality hit me - I was in no condition to do this.

I decided to just go for it, training as much as I could. When the event came round, I was down to a much slimmer 14 stone and completed the run in 1 hour 25 mins. From then I was hooked on running, joining a running club called RunAltus, who have been brilliant. I run whenever I can, taking part in the Great South Run last year, completing it in 1 hour 11 minutes.

This will be the 2nd marathon I have competed in but the first with actual people, since my first one was the virtual London marathon in 2021.

About the charity


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RCN 296284
INSPIRE are a unique, specialist charity which raises funds to address independence and quality of life after spinal cord injury (SCI). Our National Scientific Committee and Board of Trustees approve and then fund our Current Research Programme - currently costing 1.4million.

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