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Running with a friend in mind…

In this guest blog, Shaun Collins tells us about why he has taken on not just one run in aid of MS-UK, but many! This weekend he will be joining #TeamPurple at the Royal Parks Half Marathon, here’s why…

My journey with MS-UK started in 2017 after my good friend Lewis Miller had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).

After his diagnosis, Lewis had continued running marathons and around that time I had started running again. Whilst at that point I thought I’d be happy once I’d managed a 5k, I had always had the thought in my mind to run a marathon having grown up in London and I no longer really had an excuse. If Lewis could do it with what he was going through, what excuse did I have for not doing it!

Having made the decision, I went online to find an Autumn marathon and started by running the Birmingham Marathon in 2017. It didn’t go to plan, I hit the much talked about wall and walked most of the last 11 miles! 

I have since continued running and thanks to MS-UK, got a place to take part in the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2018 which really did fulfil a lifelong ambition and this time I managed to run the whole marathon which was my aim!

I have had a year off doing marathons due to the birth of our third child but decided I still needed to do something again so I chose to run the Great North Run and Royal Parks Half Marathons this year continuing to raise money for MS-UK!

The team at MS-UK, particularly Jenny, have been amazing and have been so supportive through every event I have done!

If you would like to sponsor me for my events this year, visit my JustGiving page

My work will match fund up to £1,000 so for every donation you give, the amount will be doubled!

I have plans to run three marathons in eight weeks next year so watch this space for more ways that you can support me and MS-UK!

 

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