Taking on the challenge

Posted on March 22, 2017 by Siobhan Booth

Team photograph - London Marathon 2017 preparation I've set myself a challenge. A 26.2 mile one in fact! 

On 23 April I'm taking on the London Marathon along with my husband and three others in aid of a close friend of mine's nine year old son called Zak, who has cerebral palsy. We're raising money for Whizz Kidz, a charity which provides specialist wheelchairs to children and young people with disabilities so that they can develop independence.  

Zak is nine years old and as a result of his cerebral palsy struggles with mobility. He really wants to be more independent but with his current manual wheelchair he needs to be pushed everywhere which makes him frustrated.  The need for a motorised wheelchair, bespoke to Zak's needs, is growing day by day and the waiting list is two years.

Whizz Kidz is an amazing charity and  Zak and his family have already received great support from it to help him with his much needed independence.  Hopefully, 26 and a bit miles later we'll be well on our way to helping Zak become more independent. 

I haven't always been into running but for some reason the London Marathon has always been on my bucket list. This will be the furthest that I've ever run and knowing that it's for a fantastic cause makes the training in the cold and rain well worth it. 

With most things in life, you have your good days and your bad days and anyone who has ever trained for a marathon will know that this is no different. After having loads of really good and positive runs where I have achieved more than I set out to, I've also had really tough ones where I've gone much slower than I wanted to or ended up walking fairly often thanks to blisters or just generally feeling a bit 'cream crackered'.

And if that's not enough running for one year I've also signed up to take part in both the Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10k and Simplyhealth Great Manchester Half Marathon in May, which I'm really looking forward to. 

However, the key is to keep going so onwards and upwards over the next few weeks - wish me luck!

Siobhan Booth
Audit and Investigations Technician