#TeamMarvellous: Chris challenges himself to THIRTEEN virtual marathon events!
Our marvellous fundraiser Chris has challenged himself to run thirteen virtual marathon series events in aid of Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity.
We spoke to Chris about his challenge, motivation and training. You can read more about his challenge and support his fundraising here.
Can you tell us why you’ve decided to take part in the Virtual Marathon Series? I turn 40 in February and a couple of years ago I decided to set myself some personal challenges, one of which was to run a full marathon. I’d become unfit through my 30’s, lifestyle, work, and focus on raising two wonderful children had shifted my priorities and so I began a plan of self-discipline to lose weight and get fit (amongst other things). My running began with 2km of sweat and breathlessness however having been a moderate runner in my early 20s I knew what to expect! I pushed through, 6 months of daily running and it became easier until I was running 5km daily with the occasional 10km and 15km mixed in. This took me to a year ago when I ran my first half marathon and tore my soleus muscle 10 miles in which laid me up for 2 months. I refocused and took on a PT who gave me a clear training routine, fixed my leg and has pushed me that bit further which brings me to present day. On a “normal” year I would be running a city marathon and so I have chosen to run the Virtual Marathon Series to mark my achievement.
Why did you decide to support Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity? I have two young girls (5 and 11), both of whom have been in to hospital for minor operations and it isn’t until you’re there as a parent you understand how helpless you are and how much trust you put into healthcare professionals and what a difference they can make. I knew I wanted a charity that helped the younger and vulnerable. Having witnessed my children first-hand going through a process unfamiliar and unsettling to them reminded me of my experience as a child in Great Ormand Street and those steady, reassuring people that helped me as when I was young. I grew up reading Roald Dahl in the 80s, I was obsessed with his books and read and re-read them all many times over and my children are now reading the same novels and getting the same love from them as I did all those years ago.
I had always said I would support a charity and raise money as I ran and it really was easy for me to choose Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity as it ticked so many boxes for me and gives me an added incentive to push myself harder to raise money that will go to such a worthwhile cause.
Would you recommend others get involved in events like this? I’d always recommend others to get involved in events like this, it’s a personal achievement, one to reflect back on and remember how hard you worked and what a difference it made to those who need it and hopefully it will inspire others to step out of their comfort zones to accomplish something they may never have thought possible.
I’m always thinking ahead and have began mountain climbing with my eldest daughter with a view to complete the three peaks challenge, hopefully to raise some more money for you guys in the future."
It has been a challenging year and we are so grateful for our marvellous supporters. Chris’s amazing fundraising will help provide specialist nurses and support for seriously ill children living with complex, lifelong illnesses.
If you are taking part in a challenge event or looking to take on a challenge in 2021 why not fundraise in aid of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity and help seriously ill children lead a more marvellous life.
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