2015 – five races to raise funds for two children’s charities :)

So a new year and be rude not to raise some funds for a couple of worthy charities. This year I am doing five races (mad fool!) for the Demelza Hospice Care for Children and the Children’s Trust.

The five races are:
May 17th Staines 10K

June 14th Orpington High Elms 10K

July date TBC Dorney Dash 10K

Aug 9th Bushy Park 10K

Oct 25th Great South Run (Portsmouth)

It is a big ask as I normally only do three races per year, still no Ealing half-marathon this year as ten miles is my limit now.

About the two chosen charities:

The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. We work with children and young people from across the UK, both from our specialist centre in Tadworth, Surrey and in communities around the country.

Our vision

That all children with brain injury have the opportunity to live the best life possible.

Our mission

For children with brain injury and their families, we aim…

  • to be an internationally-recognised centre of excellence for care, rehabilitation, education and research
  • to reach out to children and families in their own community
  • to provide expert advice, training and information
  • to make our voice heard.

The Demelza Hospice Care for Children

Children’s hospices support children and young people (0-19) who are not expected to reach adulthood, and offer support to their families.

Children’s hospices can differ significantly from adult hospices in that many of the conditions children and young people are suffering from are degenerative in nature and progress over many years.

This means that children’s hospices have the opportunity to offer children, young people and families the chance to build memories as a family unit, undertake a range of activities that are age and needs specific that they may not ordinarily be able to access.

A children’s hospice may offer complex symptom control during periods of active treatment. In many cases there is no cure. In others, treatment has been tried but failed and the focus has transferred from active to palliative care.

When a diagnosis is given, families often feel very isolated. Children’s hospices provide the necessary short breaks and a range of specialist services benefiting the children and young people themselves and their wider family, which are simply not available elsewhere. – See more here.

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Dorney Dash completed…in under an hour :)

Despite my best attempts to injure myself the night before the race by dropping a fridge magnet on one of my toes, I lined up at the start of the Dorney Dash 10K on a very hot morning. The course is a lap and a half of the impressive Dorney boating lake, used in the 2012 Olympics and owned by Eton College.

It is a flat course but on a sunny day like the race day there is little shade and it was tough going. Despite this (and I think spurred on by the fact I was keen to be reunited with my children and shade at the finish line) I beat the one hour mark with a chip time of 59 minutes 40m seconds, the first time in over ten years!

I would highly recommend this as a 10K race for either a PB or for a first time/beginner as it is flat, lovely surroundings and extremely well organised.

I ran this race for the Centrepoint charity and next up is the Ealing half marathon when I will be running for Macmillan Cancer Support

Dorney Dash again this year :)

I am entering the Dorney Dash 10K on Saturday 26th July after really enjoying last year’s run. It is my training run for the Ealing Half marathon later in the year. Lovely course with two laps around Dorney Lake used by Eton College and in 2012 it was the Olympic rowing lake.

I have also added Macmillan Cancer Support as a charity I am running the Ealing Half marathon for, along with the Centrepoint charity.

Warm-up 10K in July for the big ‘un in Septemeber

For my ‘warm-up’ race for the Ealing half-marathon at the end of September I am doing a new 10K for me the Dorney Dash on Saturday 20th July. Looks like a lovely course around the former Olympic rowing lake and it’s a flat course as well J

I am also hopefully getting a few more signed goodies for EBay charity auctions for the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) who I will be running the Ealing half marathon for.