The lovely London Marathon page on Facebook today popped up to say there are 9 days to go!!!
The most fantastic way to start this update is to be able to say I have reached my Fundraising target and at the time of posting it stands at – £ 2127.65
I am truly humbled and blessed by the generosity that people have shown in supporting WaterAid in helping me reach this target.
Having been a month since my last post, I figured it’s about time for a quick update.
I took part in the Cancer Research ‘Winter Run’ on the 31st January. It’s a popular 10k race starting in Trafalgar Square, and finishing along Whitehall.
It was the first race of it’s size that I’ve taken part in, with around 15,000 people taking part.
I really enjoyed it, especially as I finished in 53:32 which is about 4 minutes off my previous 10k PB!
I’ve been thinking about how best to capture the marathon day experience and have wondered about wearing a GoPro-type camera to record the run as I go. I was able to borrow a GoPro Hero from a friend to try out on the Winter Run. Apart from lots of rain drops on the lens it was a great experiment and definitely something I will do for the Marathon.
The training volume has ramped up a bit and now the runs are getting longer – last Sunday was 13.1miles which I managed in 2hr 08 which I’m really happy with.
Fundraising is also going well, and I want to take the opportunity to say a massive “Thank You” to all those who have donated already – it is so encouraging to receive such generous support. At the last check the total was £ 453.20.
If you haven’t donated yet, please give as generously as you are able to WaterAid – every pound given is literally changing lives, and helping provide clean, safe water, and necessary sanitation to those who need it most.
I realised it would probably be helpful to share some of the background to why I am running the Marathon, who I will be running for and why.
Why am I doing this ?
I had the opportunity to go to Rwanda in 2005 and I have very clear memories from that trip of seeing people walking huge distances, carrying heavy water containers – on a daily basis. Everyone appeared to have to go through this – from the youngest to the oldest.
The need is huge!
There are around 630 million people in the world who don’t have access to clean, safe water. Around 2.3 billion people don’t have access to adequate, safe sanitation. Around 315,000 children under-five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s 900 children per day
WaterAid is seeking to transform this situation and has goals of reaching everyone by 2030.