Sometimes you feel like it’s the most freeing, most wonderful life-enhancing activity on this earth and at other times you want to throw yourself face down in the mud and cry because everything hurts including your boredom threshold. Well, that’s my experience anyway.
I’ve fallen deeply, madly in love with running and deeply, madly out of love with running. Turned psychotic and impossible to live with because I can’t run due to injury (we’ve all been there) and morphed into a zombie insomniac from running too much and overdoing it. When the balance is right my spirits are lifted and mainly, I LOVE IT!
So it’s time for a challenge.
I am well known among my running friends for not being a fan of racing. But I am going to change all that in 2018 and set myself a ludicrous amount of races (funds permitting) to raise money for an important charity. Usually my affiliation lies with animal charities but this year it’s time for displaced human beings, namely Refugees. We have a wonderful organisation in our town called Marlow Refugee Action Group. So along with raising funds for them, I am going to raise funds for the charity Help Refugees and run 18 races in 2018. I would love to make it 18 marathons in 2018 but at this time in my life, with other commitments and work that keeps me on my feet all day, I think I would be setting myself up for failure…But one day maybe! So, it’s going to be #18in18 – 2 marathons and 1 Ultra booked so far, many half-marathons sorted, 10k’s and anything else I can find to raise funds for, and highlight the plight of Refugees.
I have no idea what it must feel like to lose everything, have nowhere to live, to be constantly looking over my shoulder, my identity and world snatched away from me and my family through no fault of my own. To be freezing cold, hungry, frightened and not sure what the future, if indeed there is one, holds… So please help me raise funds for Help Refugees and if you’re local please support Marlow Refugee Action Group – more about their work and events that are raising funds for them in future blogs.
I have set up a fundraising page here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/harriangell1
So, I shall start my challenge on January 1st 2018 with the Serpentine 10k in London’s Hyde Park, followed by Richmond Park 10k on 27th January. Great way to start the New Year and not too taxing to begin with! The rest of the races are listed on my fundraising page. Come and join me!