For my 40th year I really wanted to do something a little bit challenging, my wonderful friend Kelly Robinson thought it would be great fun to complete 40 running events in our 40th year! Fun, well i'm not sure it'll be fun but i'm going to give it a damn good go :-)
And I thought what a great opportunity to raise some money for charity, my chosen charities are both Air Ambulances. Just over 7 years ago I had a pretty horrid horse riding accident, I was thrown from my horse in the middle of rural Norfolk. Breaking my left humerus and badly damaging all of the muscles, the East Anglian Air Ambulance were quickly on scene to administer some very strong drugs and transport me safely to Norwich and Norfolk hospital. Without this amazing team my journey to hospital would have been very long and very painful.
Also having previously worked very closely with the Northampton Air Ambulance, I know exactly how much time and effort goes into keeping these aircraft in the air and enabling these amazing teams to keep going. Each mission costs, on average, £3,500.
Every penny counts and will be hugely appreciated :-)
My challenge started on 5th July my 40th birthday and will run for one year until 4th July 2019. In this time I plan to run 40 different events, ranging from 5k and 10k races to half marathons and a few parkruns thrown in for good measure. Basically as long as it's a timed event i'll do it :-) Planning 40 events over a 52 week period is more difficult than I first thought, I have roughly 32 of the 40 planned so far.
In July I managed a half marathon and 3, 5k races, with August bringing me a two 10k and 2, 5k races. These races are mainly in and around Gloucester and Bristol but in September I will be travelling to Somerset to complete a half marathon. I'm hoping that the sun may have decided to cool down a bit by then as it has made training and races in these temperatures a lot harder than expected.
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