I’ve been running now for about 6 months and for a little while i’ve been thinking about how to challenge myself. Last year I had a big weight loss goal in mind and that kept me motivated over 12 months. While i’m still getting to the end of that goal (i’m just a few weeks away from losing 10 stone) I knew i’d need a goal to keep me motivated again this year.
So I started thinking about running a half marathon. I initially decided that I wanted to run one in the Autumn, thinking that this would give me enough time to get ready. I also wanted to do a London based one so in the end I settled on doing the Royal Parks Marathon. So as I mentioned in my last post I entered the ballot at the end of January and waited to hear if i’d gotten a place. Jump forward a week and I found out that I wasn’t one of the lucky few. But by this point i’d already got the idea of running the half stuck in my head so I ended up getting a charity place – more on this in a minute.
Then last week I ended up volunteering as a marshall at the inaugural Big Half Marathon with the UKRunChat team. On a very cold day I got to watch as 1,000s of runners – and Mo Farah of course – ran through Canary Wharf and I came away full of inspiration. Cheering for all the other runners was brilliant and I decided I didn’t want to wait until October. I’ve been building up my running in recent weeks and have a number of 10km events coming up so I started looking for a summer event that I could do.
I’ve looked at the Hackney Half Marathon a few times and I was so tempted to book a place, especially as it’s pretty much on my doorstep. But as much as I want to do a Half Marathon earlier than October, this felt a bit too early. But then I found out about a Half Marathon in one of my favourite places – the Windmill Half Marathon in Lytham St Annes – where my sister lives. So very quickly I booked a place and now i’m running two half marathons in a year.
But i’m not just doing this for my own personal challenge – though it will most certainly be that – i’m also going to be running both events to raise money for Macmillan Cancer. I’ve had two grandparents die from cancer and both of them, my nanna Jenny and my grandpa Vernon, were looked after by Macmillan nurses. The support these nurses give to not only those with cancer but their families is invaluable. When I looked at the list of charities I could run for I knew straight away that it would be for Macmillan.
So i’m aiming to raise £500 (or more) by the time I get to the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October. Any donation you can give would be brilliant and go to an amazing cause. You can donate at my JustGiving page – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/simon-kimber-runs