In less than 8 weeks I will be pounding the tarmac around Snowdonia in order to raise money for Awyr Las Gogledd Cymru – Blue Sky North Wales.
Yes, I have run the Snowdonia Marathon before, three and four years ago, and I expect some of you will see this as no big deal for me.
The last time was incredibly difficult; a lot was happening in my life that needed sorting, in work, health, and relationships, and inevitably this messed with my race head. I also finished with a broken tooth.
A failed mission, I decided not to race long-distance after that. Too many demons had found their way into the system.
I took almost two years out of running, with the odd run training over the past year in between injuries, and once I’d found happiness and my bounce again, I knew it was time to do more.
I’m now in a position to get back on the horse, and get my marathon+ legs back into action. After much ummming and ahhhing, passing the race entry deadline, I knew that if I was to go through this again I would need to support a charity to do so, and take on that challenge as well as training.
So I am very pleased to be able to support the Alaw Cancer Unit at Ysbyty Gwynedd!
Cancer affects everyone, and for me it has been prevalent in relation to my family, my friends, my teachers, and my colleagues.
I am running in the Snowdonia Marathon and raising money for the Alaw Cancer Unit in North Wales at the same time.
Over 4,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in North Wales every year and by 2020 nearly one in every two people will be expected to have cancer during their lifetime.
The nursing, medical and support staff at the Centre are incredible, but extraordinary care needs extraordinary support.
The Alaw Cancer Unit relies on donations to fund basic but important extras, which help brighten patients’ days. Many people don’t realise that things like: magazines; transport for patients; counselling for patients and relatives; bespoke wigs; specialist equipment and complementary therapies are funded by donations through Awyr Las, the NHS charity in North Wales.
I know your support will make a huge difference to patients with cancer and their families.
I will have various events to encourage you to help raise money for this race, and my goal is the minimum of £200…but I know that we can raise so much more.
Over the next two months I will be hosting Arbonne Healthy Living Workshops and selling some of my artwork, with all commission from the events and artwork as your donation in lieu towards Awyr Las, as well as putting in the mileage to get a sub-4hrs. I know I can do it, and every encouragement will push me to do the unit and the supporters proud.
Please help me to support the amazing work they do.
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.
Yours in healthy sport.