Sponsorship thread

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14/02/2011 at 23:16

I've never run  before and by the end of August 2010 I couldn't even stand up let alone walk/run because I've been suffering from a form of psychosis.

People won't talk about their own experience with mental health problems and as you'll see if you do take a look at my page even I'm quite coy about it ... so as an experiment here's the public pitch and the real story;


I'm running Edinburgh Marathon in support of the Mental Health Foundation. The MHF have invested significant amounts of time and money into researching the best ways to help people with mental illness manage their lives. One of the key strategies identified is exercise to promote mental well being.

I am running to make myself better and it's a real privilege to do something more than that too. Exercising just for my own benefit has been fantastic but doing it to help others who are suffering is just amazing. I feel less isolated and alone than I have for years because I feel all the other people who'll benefit from the MHF's work there with me as I train.

So that's the public pitch ...  I'm not particularly ashamed of the more detailed version or so fragile I can't stand to talk about it so if you want to ask a question please feel free. It's sometimes nice to be able to talk about something that has been such a big part of my life for so long, even if it hasn't always been a pleasant presence. .

Psychosis is essentially a break with reality.

The psychosis very nearly killed me over the summer as I went for 30 days on a diet of just water because I believed everything was contaminated. At the end of August I couldn't manage to walk downstairs because the muscles in my legs had wasted making it difficult to support my own (dramatically reduced) body weight. A walk from the car into the hospital for routine blood tests proved too much and I collapsed as my BP fell to 63/38 and my heart continued to beat irregularly.

Fortunately I've come through it now, but the experience has had a profound affect on me. I almost feel that I need to justify being alive. I feel like I need to do more and to be more. Complaining that I hadn't achieved anything or was worthless just wasn't good enough, I realised that if I couldn't respect myself then the solution was obvious, do something to be proud of....so here I am.

My very first run was in October, I managed half a mile with about 4 stops, from there I worked really hard and ran my first half marathon at the end of November. (It was pitifully slow at 2.20 but completed without stopping, walking or passing out!)

All the altruism aside I just love running, I've discovered that I never hallucinate when I run so it's a little piece of each day which is peaceful and safe. On days where I'm really tortured by voices and people others can't see breaking out for a run is like breathing clean air again. I'd be running even without the marathon to complete but with the marathon comes a sense of purpose and achievement.


Edited: 14/02/2011 at 23:38
21/02/2011 at 17:09
Hi All,

On April 28th 2011, 8 men shall start the journey of a lifetime, running round the edge of their home country .....Wales! The run will be ran like a relay but non stop and around the clock, until the 750 miles has been completed and the men finish from where they started. Each runner switching in and out every hour, averaging around 20 miles each a day.
We estimate the run to take between 4 and 5 days, so we should finish on the following Monday 2nd May 2011 at 12 noon, so please come out to show your support.
We sure you agree, these charities are truly amazing and really do mean a lot to each and everyone of us ......... so please dig deep and donate! (£1 is better than nothing).

You can find us on:

Facebook & Twitter

If you do have Facebook please "like our page".

"OBSESSED"...A word used by the lazy to describe the dedicated!
Edited: 21/02/2011 at 17:09
15/03/2011 at 19:37

Hi everyone,

on behalf of the Japanese society of the University of Leeds, 4 of us will be taking part in the Leeds Annual half-marathon, in May.
This is in order to raise funds for the people that were harmed by the earthquake, tsunami, radiation and all it's effects.

As we have all studied there for a year, and many of our friends and their families having to go through a very difficult time, we feel attached to the cause, and hope we can help just a little bit.

you can find us here:

16/03/2011 at 10:01
Hi all,

I'm running the Edinburgh Marathon in aid of the SSPCA who receive no govt funding and are an entirely separate entity to the RSPCA who only operate in England and Wales.

This will also be a huge achievement for me when I complete the marathon as two years ago I was paralysed from the chest down with a condition called ADEM. I have since made around a 99% recovery and only started training in September 2009 as I had been unfit to do so prior to this.

Check out http://www.justgiving.com/jamieyardley

Jamie Y
16/03/2011 at 14:45

I am doing a trek in Peru to raise money for Action Medical Research, a charity dedicated to helping babies and children.  Any donation, no matter how small is much appreciated!!

Many thanks!

28/03/2011 at 17:14

Raising money for: Woodland Trust


I'm running in the Great North Run, 18th September 2011. Please sponsor me, the money will go towards their More Trees More Good project. This project helps children and adults to create woodlands in their own communities and schools.


 Many thanks,


20/08/2011 at 11:00
Hi All,

I am running the Great North Run on the 18th of September to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The foundation grants the wishes of children with life threatening and terminal illnesses, giving them and their families a welcome break.

My 6 year old daughter was lucky enough to have her wish granted in December 2010.
This has led me to take up running and participate in my first half marathon so that I can give something back to the charity and help them grant the wishes of other children.

Even if it's spare change, every little helps.
You can donate at www.justgiving.com/paulmawson

Many thanks,

02/11/2011 at 17:16
Hi all

I am running 3 races and trying to raise funds to help both
MacMillan and CLIC Sargent charities.

I'll be running the Stowmarket Scenic 7 on the 13th Nov.
The Hadleigh 10 on the 20th Nov, and then the "big one"
Land Rover Malta Half Marathon on the 26th February.

I will most likely find 2-3 more races to take part in before the February run and hopefully continue to race funds.


I thank you most kindly for any kind of sponsorship.


Edited: 02/11/2011 at 17:19
09/12/2011 at 14:40
Hi All

I shall be running the London 2 Brighton Challenge 2012 for Macmillan Cancer Support. 100km in under 24 hours. I am hoping to manage it in under 16 hours but I am a realist

Well I say running, it will probably be nearer a case of run/jog/walk and repeat until the finish as I have only really recently started running.

I chose Macmillan as my charity of choice as they have provided amazing support for 2 departed friends and I believe the world would be a worse place without them.

As to why so far. I would like to raise as much money as I can and something this epic will hopefully encourage support, and I shall need all the support and incentive I can get to finish.

Donations can be made here http://www.justgiving.com/Robins-London2Brighton and if anyone is on Facebook I have a charity page with updates here http://www.facebook.com/pages/Robins-Big-Charity-Event/147330805310866

If you do donate please could you add runners world in the comment so that I can see this is working.

If all you can do would be to 'like' these pages on Facebook and '+1' them on Google+ I would be really grateful.


Edited: 09/12/2011 at 14:41
27/12/2011 at 22:16

 Hi I am running the North devon marathon on June 24th 2012 for North Devon Hospice.

This will be my first marathon and probaly will be very hard.  Its for a good cause and a very good local charity, so please help if you can.

 I have been running for over two years now and have compleated many distances but not a full marathon.

Please donate any amount know matter what the size.




Edited: 27/12/2011 at 22:21
30/12/2011 at 11:48
Hi all,

Next April, I'll be running the 2012 London Marathon. Am also doing a selection of build up races including the Brighton and Bath Half Marathons - 84 miles (135Km) or so all-up

I am running for Oxfam, who will wisely use all sponsorships and donations to fight poverty, save lives, help put poor people in charge of their livelihoods, and campaign for lasting change.

Please consider donating, no contribution too small! You can do so online here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/angemcc, or you can text ANGE80 and the amount to 70070 (e.g. "ANGE80 £5" to 70070)

* £10 could buy fishing nets to support fishing communities
* £25 could buy five radios, used to broadcast health
education and advice to remote communities.
* £100 could buy essential medicines for a whole village
for 6 months.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.

Angela M
Edited: 30/12/2011 at 11:49
17/01/2012 at 16:32
I am running for Down's Heart Group


My daughter Hannah ( hence my user name ) is my inspiration having being born with Down's syndrome and a large hole in her heart underwent open heart surgery at 8 weeks and this group was such a support to us in our darkest days.

Please help them raise vital funds so they can support other families like us.

When we thought that our world had ended, we found that through the Down's heart group support, the door had just opened on an another exciting new world.

My daughter Hannah is now 9 years old, is in mainstream education and loved dancing, swimming and has even appeared in Eastenders, we would never have dreamed she could have had such a quality of life

Thank you Down's Heart Group for giving us hope in those early days and I hope I do you proud running this VLM to raise vital funds for you
Edited: 17/01/2012 at 16:35
04/02/2012 at 14:23


I am running 1000km this year to raise money for Child Bereavement Charity and Cancer Research UK. I am aiming to get 1000 people to donate just £2 each. That's less than a pint of beer!

I will be doing some very interesting runs - including many famous racing circuits like Thruxton, Goodwood, Spa Francorchamps and the Nurburgring 'green hell'.

From my fundraising page you will find links to my dedicated website and blog keeping those who have sponsored me and potential sponsors up to date


Please think about sponsoring me just £2. I am ensuring I go through the utmost pain possible to prove to people how much I want to raise money for these two charities. I am willing to run over fire!!!

Edited: 04/02/2012 at 14:23
04/02/2012 at 18:50

I am running my first ever marathon ( London 2012) for PHABKIDS , although it has been established for over 50 years it is a charity not many people have heard of http://www.phabkids.co.uk/ . It offers help to children and their families ( prodominantly dissabled children ) rest bite care and organised holidays are just one one of the things it does . My cousin has downs syndrome and has been been able to do some great activities through Phabkids, My mum also works with autistic children and offers respite care to children . So it means alot to me , please please help by visiting my justgiving page

http://www.justgiving.com/Rachel-Watkins0 and give whatever you can .


29/02/2012 at 22:06

 <a href="http://www.justgiving.com/Michelle-Saunders2" title="http://www.justgiving.com/Michelle-Saunders2" target="_blank">


</a>In May 2012, I am running the BUPA 10000 in honor of Private Thomas Lake of the 1st  Battalion Princess of Wales Royal Regiment, who died in Afghanistan on 20 November 2011. I am also raising funds for the ABF- the Soldiers' Charity and to those soldiers and families who have suffered the most due to the sustained hardships of war.



15/05/2012 at 09:54

In under two weeks I will be running the edinburgh marathon, my first EVER marathon! EEK.

 I am absolutely terrified but I am running in aide of Macmillian cancer support. Macmillian is a fantastic cause and i know the great work that they do for people in some of the most difficult times of their lives! We are all at risk from cancer, but we can all do something to help.

Please help me reach my fundraising target!
<a href="http://www.justgiving.com/TaraLawrence" rel="nofollow nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.justgiving.com/TaraLawrence</a>
All donations from 50p to £50 are gratefully recieved!

Thank you


Edited: 15/05/2012 at 09:56
19/05/2012 at 21:36

Rather than just wave sponsorship forms under people's noses, I have created a training video for people to watch.

I am competing in several races this year in an attempt to raise money for Diabetes UK.

It's a really uplifting video in which I think my enthusiasm for running shines, and it has encouraged lots of non-runners to don their trainers and give it a go.

Please take a few moments to watch......I'm pretty sure it will make you smile


02/09/2013 at 16:34

35 MARATHONS IN 40 DAYS!   Setting off on the 30th Sept 2013 I am running 900 miles from John O Groats to Land's End. Raising money for Hope and Homes for Children, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Marie Curie Cancer Care.  


I am going to be running largely self supported, camping from place to place and pushing or pulling my equipment with me! My support team (girlfriend) will be cycling alongside for most of the trip (no mean feat in itself) and will help to carry some of the heavier items if needed (and keep me sane!).

If you can't donate to the above links then why not check out my social media pages, youll be able to find out more information about the run and keep up to date with my progress. Please like, follow and spread the word, I would be very grateful.

https://twitter.com/chrisJOGLErun http://instagram.com/chrisjogleru

If anyone wants to donate any equipment that is collecting dust in the loft or knows of someone who doesn't mind me borrowing it for just over a month I am in the process of sourcing a 3 man tent, 2x thermarests, and a running pushchair to put my kit in. If you think you could help in anyway please send an email to chrismountjoglerun@gmail.com

Here is a link to the route, it didnt export completely correctly, so there are a few mistakes and double lines but is mostly correct. Please email me if you'd like to join me for sections of the run or want to help by donating a bed for the night or by cooking me a meal - I would be incredibly grateful.    https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zQTpCUcdpVgo.ksh1P1wz515Q 

More information will be on the website which is coming soon.

Thank you very much.


Edited: 02/09/2013 at 16:35
02/10/2013 at 17:59

I will be running the London Marathon 2014 - for Macmillan Cancer Support. To save me repeating my story, please visit my blog at bit.ly/jensmarathon to find out why I'm running for Macmillan

20/02/2014 at 16:58

I'm unsure if this thread is still active but if it is I am running a Spartan Race for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.

Two of my friends and I are training for a Spartan Race for GOSH in September in Cambridge.

We have supported GOSH in the past and decided to do something big together before going off to Uni.

Our just giving page is: www.justgiving.com/SpartanGirls2014





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