I guess since my late 20’s I have become a bit of a fitness freak. I love to travel and have incorporated it into pushing my body to its limits with trekking the Machu Picchu trail in Peru back in 2012 and more recently in 2014 climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of fundraising for a fantastic local charity – The NC TLC Trust based in Earls Barton, Northamptonshire. It was an incredibly rewarding and challenging experience which helped raise over £4,000 and you can check out my blog all about it here.
In the same year as my Kilimanjaro climb I did my first ever Tough Mudder – a crazy 12 miles course littered with over 25 obstacles such as being plunged into a skip of ice cold water to being electrocuted and tackling mud hills. Such brilliant fun to do with friends and it’s become a yearly tradition with two further Tough Mudders completed in 2015 and 2016.
I do enjoy regular running and will often visit Brixworth Country Park to do a lap of the reservoir or just road running around my local town and off into the countryside. I did my first running event back in March for Sports Relief and thoroughly enjoyed it and craved doing more. There is no bigger running event in the UK than the London Marathon and I’ve always wanted to take part in it. I am very proud that Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) have accepted my application to run the marathon as one of their bond runners.
Not everyone will know but I had bacterial Meningitis at 8 months old. It had an everlasting effect on me leaving me deaf in my left ear. I was lucky, I still had my life & thankfully can lead a normal life. Some people aren’t as fortunate as me. This challenge is a chance for me to give something back to a charity that does such incredible & important research to help save lives. Without this research I may well have not been so lucky.
I hope you enjoy my blog and following me on my marathon journey. If you would like to donate to this fantastic cause please visit my MRF sponsorship page.
Me running the Sport Relief mile in March 2016