50 Half marathons… & the end of the road

Well, its has been a struggle, but I have made it to the startline of this year’s Robin Hood Half Marathon. This will be my 50th Half Marathon. It will also be my 19th at Robin Hood (yes, I’m a chronic repeater!) and 21st year at the event overall including two full marathons.

If you have read my recent posts you will know that I have struggled in recent years. and the preparation for this one has been hard, both physically and emotionally.

So I have decided that this will also my last event: my body is telling me it has had enough. In fact the ‘training’ for this has been a battle to keep running at all, to find the slowest pace I can manage – barely a jog/trot – which has still proven to be painful and gruelling. The run will undoubtedly be my slowest ever, and my only goal is to manage to do my 50th.

Because it will be my last run I have decided to make a late try for some charity sponsorship (late by virtue of the fact that until yesterday evening I wasn’t sure I could do it). In the past I have raised money for cancer research many times, for mountain rescue, for Oxfam, for St Gemma’s and Martin House hospices, and for child bereavement. Logically I should probably raise money for British Heart Foundation, but I help them in other ways.

So for this last time I have chosen B-eat Eating Disorders – See the B-eat website and my Fundraising tab above.

I chose this charity precisely because it is not fashionable or well-known: in fact in all my races and events I have only ever seen one group and two other individual B-eat runners. Yet I know many people who have struggled.

The problem remains misunderstood, often unrecognised, and poorly provided for by health services. Nobody really knows how many people are affected, but it does affect both men and women, and people of all ages and backgrounds, and their families. It is often a mental illness associated with other issues, and does NOT only affect teenage girls.

Have a look around the b-eat website, and keep an eye on your friends, family, colleagues…

And if you can sponsor me, this last time, visit my charity page.

Thanks, I really appreciate it, maybe moreso this time than ever.


About johntleeds

In amongst the perpetual juggling of work, family and things on my mind, this is MY time, MY escape. Any this is what my mind comes up with when it has time to wonder, as I wander on the trails... twitter @johntleeds
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