This Sunday, I’ll be running the London Marathon to raise funds for Whizz-Kidz. (OK, I admit there might be a bit of walking.) Like many of 2015’s participants, I signed up straight after last year’s marathon, having been inspired by the amazing fundraising efforts of 2014’s runners.
At first, I wasn’t sure what was more daunting: running 26.2 miles or reaching the minimum fundraising amount. However, as the months have gone by, I certainly know which has been the more enjoyable! Solitary training sessions in the dark and cold aren’t much fun, but it’s a fantastic feeling (and makes all the training worthwhile) when JustGiving notifies me of a new sponsor.
I’ve had incredible support from my friends, family and colleagues, who have been extremely generous with their money and time. One trick I’ve learnt is that, to encourage people to sponsor you, give them something in return, however small. I’ve therefore asked each of my donors to nominate a song for the playlist I’ve been listening to in training, and will listen to on the big day itself.
As you can imagine, there are lots of motivational songs included (think ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ and ‘I Will Survive’). Alas, it also sparked a competition to nominate the worst song possible – ‘I am a Gummy Bear’ is the ‘winner’ so far (as if my feet won’t be hurting enough!).
My daughters, Edith and Lois (left), have also helped out wherever possible. As well running a stall to sell cakes, their old books and toys, they also raised almost £120 during a bucket collection at our local Sainsbury's, where they also handed out chocolates to all the generous shoppers.
I’ve also received brilliant support from the Whizz-Kidz team, who have been there every step of the way to support both my training and fundraising efforts. The highlight was meeting the Whizz-Kidz ambassadors and their families at City Hall.
I’ve often questioned my sanity about signing up for a marathon, but when you hear first hand how Whizz-Kidz is making a difference to the lives of disabled kids, I know I’ve made a great decision.
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