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Fundraiser of the Month: Sarah Harrison

Posted on: October 16 2017

sarah_crop.jpgOur fundraiser of the month for October is Sarah, who has supported MS-UK for years now and continues to do so! Read her story her, plus her top tips!

I’m Sarah from Derbyshire and I ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London for MS-UK.

I am a life-long ‘jogger’, although I have had a number of “career” breaks, I started running seriously again about 5 years ago which enabled me to slowly learn to love British weather, extra food and the views of the countryside (OK – so one of those was a lie!!) I have run a number of 10K, half-marathons, marathons (including London on an MS-UK charity entry) and Ironman 70.3s. I find the half-marathon distance is my preferred since they tend to be just long enough to enjoy a pub lunch afterwards. However, my racing ambitions seem mostly based on a principle (much like cake) of biting off more than I can chew.

With running – fun and enjoyment has always been my priority, I always felt that there was no such thing as a bad race just good stories. I loved the social nature of the running community and on some occasions even managed to perfect the skill of smiling for race photographers.

I like to follow a training plan which I think suits my lifestyle, however, my nearest and dearest will tell you that it actually takes over my entire life and I’ve continued through injuries on many occasions. Although, I guess I should be grateful for: being introduced to the joys of energy gels, an endurance runners best friend (once the stomach is trained!) that we are given 10 toe-nails for a reason… so that we can afford to lose a few and to appreciate that I now spend more money on a pair of trainers than a pair of high heels.

So why did I choose to run for MS-UK? Someone very close to me was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) which as you would imagine came as a huge shock to both them and our family, and although I’ve known of other people affected by the condition I now understand, in part, how this can impact someone’s life and those around them first hand and considering there is currently no cure my decision to run for MS-UK since 2013 was a “no-brainer” to ensure I could do my bit to raise as many funds as possible. I hope that my fundraising efforts not only raise money to provide dedicated support and information to anyone affected by MS but to also increase awareness of this life-changing condition.

Throughout my running experiences I have been truly overwhelmed by human kindness and generosity from friends, family, work colleagues, schools, gym clubs and strangers!! Which brings me to a great tip – when going out on your long runs wear your charity vest – on one occasion I saw a lady in her garden and asked if she would mind refilling my water bottle, when returning with my refill she gave me a donation of £5 and insisted that every time she saw me run past from thereon in another £5 donation would follow.

In closing – “eventually” I hear you cry! You need a good reason to get out of a warm bed and pound the streets for hours and I found that without doubt, a powerful motivating factor is the knowledge that I’m doing it for such a great cause and on race day it is with great pride I race as an ambassador for all those affected by MS.

My training tips…

  • Don’t skimp – buy good trainers and always have 2 pairs
  • Eat for tomorrow
  • If you don’t feel like training – aim to do 10 minutes and come home (I guarantee you’ll stay out for longer)
  • Choose a training plan to suit you but be prepared to be flexible (there are 100s on the internet)
  • Set yourself a bronze, silver and gold goal for race day (this way you’ll never be disappointed if things don’t go to plan)

My fundraising tips…

  • Set up an online giving page (it’s an absolute must!) and repost regularly
  • Start early
  • Don’t be afraid to be cheeky and ask, ask and ask again
  • Wear you charity vest at every opportunity
  • Tell people your golden goal – a lot will offer to double their pledge should you achieve it!

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Posted on: May 12 2017

nick_sm.jpgHi everyone, Next week we will be sending out our fundraising e-newsletter, and we wanted to let you know you can subscribe today just by visiting our website. Packed full of events news, top tips and fundraising ideas and inspiration, we send out this e-newsletter once a month. Subscribe today and stay up to date with all of our team news! Best wishes, Nick Nicholas Adams, Fundraising Assistant

Hi everyone,

Next week we will be sending out our fundraising e-newsletter, and we wanted to let you know you can subscribe today just by visiting our website.

Packed full of events news, top tips and fundraising ideas and inspiration, we send out this e-newsletter once a month.

Subscribe today and stay up to date with all of our team news!

Best wishes,

Nick

Nicholas Adams, Fundraising Assistant

The Royal Parks Half Marathon – Why I’m excited!

Posted on: March 22 2017

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Hello!

We’ve got a new event this year in the form of a half marathon around London’s Royal Parks! Can you guess what it’s called?

Yep, the Royal Parks Half Marathon!

I wanted to write a blog as to why I think this is going to be an amazing event, I’m really excited about it!

The event is now 10 years old, so it will be a celebration of all things running. This means they’ll pull out all of the stops and make participants feel extra special when they run, which is what we always love to hear. After all, people are running a half marathon for us – no small achievement! There’s even a food and fitness festival at the start/finish!

The Royal Parks Half Marathon may have one of the more beautiful settings for a half marathon as well…it’s in the autumn (08 October), just as the leaves are falling and it’s around the leafy parks of London, ones which are world renowned for their pristine walks (or runs)! From the lake of Hyde Park and the Pelicans of St James’s Park to the spectacular sight of Nelson’s Column, the scenery and wildlife is a major advantage of this run!

Finally, you will be in good company…around 16,000 runners take part each year! This means there’s a really good social aspect with the race. There’s a chance to meet a whole new group of people who share your passions, whether that’s running, fundraising, or shining a light on good causes in general.

So that’s why I think the Royal Parks Half Marathon is one to get excited about this year. It’s certainly made me excited!

So if this sounds like the event for you, please do get in touch with me and I can send you more information on the event!

Get in touch by email on Nicholas@ms-uk.org, on 01206 226500, or fill out this form and I will get back to you!

Thanks for reading!

Nick
Fundraising Assistant

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