After finishing the Great North Run last September, I knew that I wanted to carry on running. I was blown away when family, friends and colleagues helped me to raise over £2300 for Sands, for running the half marathon and 2 x 10k’s in 2016. When I was unsuccessful (but secretly quite pleased) with the London Marathon ballot, I decided to be a bit more creative. There were plenty of other marathons to go for, but to be honest, I’m still not ready to put in the hours needed for decent training with the 3-4 hour long weekend runs needed.
Inspiration came through reading various posts from a brilliant Facebook group I was invited to join called Run Mummy Run. There are 30,000+ members all of varying running abilities, from 15 minute milers to ultra marathon runners. It’s a huge support network where stories and achievements are celebrated and no question is too stupid. Being part of this virtual running club has kept me going throughout the winter, a time when I have never trained before. Not at night any way. I only managed to pull on my trainers after the boys had gone to bed when it was dark, windy and wet outside because I knew thousands of other mums were doing the same.
So, onto my challenge for this year ….. ready? ….. drumroll …. (it should be no surprise really given the blog title!) … I’m going to take part in 15 races over the course of 2017.
Because I am now such a running geek (as I was politely informed the other day), all my races are on a spreadsheet. I haven’t signed up for them all yet – some still have dates to be confirmed, and I’ve got my fingers crossed that I will win a place in the Vitality Liverpool half marathon. Feel free to join me in one, or come out and cheer if the race is near you (warning – you need to live in the North!). The more the merrier.
Blackburn Winter Warmer 10k – 5th February
Crosby Beach 10k (Liverpool) – 19th February
Accrington Ron Hill 10k – 5th March
Vitality Liverpool Half Marathon – 2nd April
Lancaster 3 Bridges 10k – 30th April
Great Run Manchester Half Marathon – 28th May
Run for All Hull 10k – 18th June
Run for All Leeds 10k – 9th July
Great Yorkshire Run (Harrogate 10k) – July (date TBC)
Run for All York 10k – 6th August
Blackpool Air Show 10k – 13th August
Run for All Bury 10k – 17th September
Lytham Windmill 10k – 12th November
Wilmslow 10k – 26th November
Longridge Pudding Run – 10th December
So why 15? Because every day in the UK, 15 babies are stillborn, or die within the first 4 weeks of life. Every day, the lives of 15 families are changed forever. Hopes are shattered and dreams are broken for 15 mums and dads to be. On Saturday it will be 6 years to the day when we were told that Ewan had died. And although I always say how lucky we are to have 2 amazing boys with us now, the pain I felt on that day and for the weeks, months and years that followed, will be with me until I take my last breath.
Stillbirth is not rare. This was a tragedy which happened to us and could happen to anyone. The UK’s stillbirth rate is still unacceptably high, especially in comparison to other lower income nations.
I want my challenge to be memorable and meaningful. To raise money for research and also raise awareness of stillbirth.
I’ve even got one of those fancy text codes (I sound ancient writing that don’t I?!)
Text COXR51 followed by an amount of £1, £2, £3, £5 or £10 to 70070
Please share my Justgiving page and if you have a spare cash over the year any donations will be gratefully received.