It’s been a rather eventful couple of days, but I am so proud of what we achieved. The team absolutely smashed our target of £1,000 and managed to raise over £1,852. I would like to say a HUGE thank you to every single person that supported us and donated to such a worthy cause. We almost doubled our target – which is incredible!
Myself, Poppy, Jamie, Alex and Stefan were crazy enough to run the Manchester Half Marathon, raising money for Endometriosis UK – a disease which personally affects Poppy & some of her family members, in fact Poppy was just a month out of surgery, so an amazing accomplishment to complete the This disease is still something of an enigma and research is therefore a critically important part of Endometriosis UK‘s mission but we do know it affects 1 in 10 women in the UK alone. Please take a couple of minutes to find out a little bit more about Endometriosis UK and their marvellous work here; https://www.endometriosis-uk.org.
If you would like to donate anything at all, we would be forever grateful. Please donate by visiting our JustGiving page; https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pjs4endo. Thank you!
I honestly didn’t know whether the 13.1 miles was even achievable for me, I had done hardly any training, with an intense split-week tour and I’m not a natural runner, I’ve never really ‘gone for a run’ and stuck at it enough to contemplate doing it for charity – but I thought perhaps with a goal insight I could do it. It certainly made me realise how much mental strength it takes, more so than physical.
With all the support, money donated and supporters it made the run so much easier than I thought it would be. The Manchester half marathon is a special event and the sense of community and encouragement from other runners and spectators was phenomenal and so encouraging. The ‘power-up’ signs, sweets and sugar gels being handed out by the spectators was my favourite part of the run, they really did get us through it. I have the utmost respect for marathoners and people who this regularly – it’s so bloody tough!
As I write this, we’re finally about to dock at Belfast, after starting our journey a gruelling 13 hours ago! We have Hurricane Ophelia to thank for that – flights cancelled, meant no show for our opening night in Belfast’s Waterfront Theatre unfortunately. We resorted to other means of transport – an extremely rocky ferry from Liverpool. Although the journey was a long one, it was made in bloody great company – it also gave our very sore feet a much need rest!
We were all obviously really excited and extremely pumped for the 13.1m run ahead of us, hey, Alex Gold?