Did you say twenty-six point two miles?
You know that feeling when you have an incredible idea and even though you know it’s a bit crazy you do it anyway? Well that’s exactly what I did last week and now my Dad and I both have place in the Brighton Marathon on April 6th 2014!
Dad and I are keen runners but we’ve always been motivated by three things:
- Doing something that people close to us no longer have the opportunity to do themselves
- Raising funds for amazing causes that are close to our heart
- Keeping fit and letting the weight of the world fall from our shoulders as we pound the roads
But why are we going the distance? What’s the motivation to this madness? You might ask. Well, let me explain.
Why on earth are we doing this?
Well, in 2010, I was diagnosed with a low-grade glioma – a form of brain tumour. While, it doesn’t affect me day-to-day, I do go for regular MRI scans and check-ups with my neurosurgeon at Charing Cross Hospital to make sure it’s behaving itself. The good news is that, for now at least, it is!
With every check-up, I’m reminded of the fact that you only live once #YOLO. I’d hate to think that if this little monster got the better of me I’d look back and say ‘I wish I’d done this’ or ‘I wish I’d done that’. Instead, I’m looking at this thing head on – excuse the pun – and together with my amazing family and friends, I’m going to be raising money for The Brain Tumour Charity for people who need care and support right now and to assist in the funding for pioneering medical research.
In it for the long run
We’re not just running the marathon, in fact the whole Bennett family will be taking part in a host of different races throughout the year from 5km – 26.2 miles as part of the Bennett Family Challenge for 2014. The great thing is, even the non-runners are getting involved and doing their own fundraising activities including bake sales, collections, sponsored silences and much more. So we’ll keep you updated on our progress.
As for our training, when I asked my Dad what keeps him motivated this is what he had to say:
Mojos come and go but the intense thoughts of why this challenge is being done, far outweighs that.
The Bennetts need you and your cash!
We’d love for you to get involved too and help us raise some serious cash! We need your support more than ever as our charity places in the marathon come with great responsibilities and we’ve been tasked with raising £1,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity. Do you think you can help? Do you have a great idea to help us with our fundraising? Or would you like to offer us a free sports massage after the run perhaps? If so, do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us @stephsbubble and @Papa_Bubble to keep us motivated #RunBennettsRun.
Finally, we’d like to thank you in advance for your support and to let you know that we’ll be personally acknowledging everyone who makes a donation and gets involved in our blog post and vlog in April, after the marathon, obviously 🙂
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