I will be running for Thames Reach (where I work as Head of Finance). Thames Reach is a London- based charity helping homeless and vulnerable people to find decent homes, build supportive relationships and lead fulfilling lives. Our vision is to end street homelessness. Thames Reach specialise in helping people with complex and multiple needs and are committed to never giving up on anyone, no matter how chaotic or challenging they may be.
The Royal Parks Foundation Ultra Marathon covers 50 kilometres, beginning in the heart of London and heading through the city, past landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament before heading out along the Thames towpath and ending in Bushy Park in south West London.
An ultra marathon is defined as a run extending beyond the standard marathon distance of 42 kilometres.
The race is on Sunday 6 October 2013.
I’m running this race as a personal challenge. In life we get the best of ourselves when we are pushed beyond our limits. For me running is a huge challenge as it is something I never did until a couple of years ago. I wasn’t sure at the beginning that I would be able to get far, but completing my first marathon in May was a great feeling.
I have learned so much about myself through the challenges on the road and am continuously amazed by how much my body makes available for the asking. I believe that completing 50km is an example to everyone that anything is possible if you just decide at some point to take the first step and stick with it for long enough. And, as my water bottle says ‘The first step is with the mind.’
I know any money I raise will go to helping others achieve their goals with the support of Thames Reach. I hope to reach my funding target and inspire others to take that first step.
There is an article on Thames Reach's website about it here: