You'd better have a good pitch...
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Challenge1000 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!!!
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 .
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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 Tara
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
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