A half marathon is 13.1 miles or 21km for those of your who are metrically minded.
Except it’s not really.
At 43 years old you can’t really just rock up at the start line and expect to survive that length of run. So you train. You run 4 times a week for months. You start off at where you are and you do more and more miles.
For me the start was a slow 5k. You add some distance to one run each week and this becomes your long, slow run. Next comes a short recovery run which is more of a really slow jog to get your muscles working after the long, slow run. The other two runs are where the speed comes. A quick 5k, a tempo run for 8k or maybe a run that you up the pace a couple of times.
Pretty soon the miles are starting to rack up.
I’ve spent 8 hours running this month and have covered nearly 80km (50 miles). There are still two weeks of the month left!
Why am I telling you this?
Well, because when you sponsor someone to run a 13.1 mile race you’re actually sponsoring them to actually run close to 200 miles.
Every mile adds up and every mile counts.
Just like the sponsorship you’ve been so generous to donate.
So far I’ve raised £460.
That’s amazing. A massive thanks to all of you for your support and generosity. It’s always exciting when my phone makes the ‘Just Giving’ ping noise meaning that someone else has just donated. You have been so generous.
I was leading worship at Carluke URC on Sunday and mentioned that I was running. The people there sponsored me £117. That kind of support is really overwhelming. You are all part of the team…
So, what will Macmillan do with your money?
- £1,020 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for a week, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.
- £537 could pay for a Macmillan social worker or family support worker for a week. They work with community and social services agencies to help people manage the social and practical problems of living with cancer.
- £390 could cover the costs for a person to attend a small physical activity scheme in a rural area for a year.
- Between £200,000 and £600,000 could pay for a new chemotherapy suite in a local hospital.
- Between £3 million and £7 million could pay for a new oncology and outpatient unit in a hospital.
You can help by visiting my Stewart’s Just Giving page or by texting STEW68 £5 (or any amount) to 70070.
So, thank you. Thank you so much for your support. It means the world to me to be able to help a charity that gave so much help and support to my mum and to my dad.