On 11th January 2018, after three months of matched fundraising, I started my own challenge to match the total of £1,068.68 in kilometres.
And today, I reached that target!
First I want to say thank you to everyone who donated to my CAMFED fundraising campaign, as well to everyone who has given me support over the last ten months. I know that running might not be everybody’s idea of fun, but I have to say, I’ve really enjoyed this challenge. So here is a brief recap of my year of running for CAMFED.
Once the total distance was locked in, obviously the first thing I did was some maths: I had 355 days to complete the challenge by the end of the year, which was almost exactly 3km per day or a half marathon per week. Definitely doable, but not something I had ever sustained over a long period. In fact, the total is almost as high as I’d managed in the previous 4 years combined!
Some highlights of the challenge:
- Joining a running group, which has really helped me to enjoy it and increase my distance to reach my goal sooner than I expected;
- The Cambridge Half Marathon in March, where I set a new personal best time in a race that was almost postponed due to snow and ice;
- The Beeston Parkrun in June, where I was joined by my friends Miles, Adam, Andy, Alex, Chris, Tom, Jade, Fraser and Nicola in CAMFED shirts!
- The Royal Parks Half Marathon in October, which is my favourite race and the one that kickstarted my running campaign last year.
Having a clear goal and an inspiring cause to run for helped me to focus and motivate me, especially during the early winter months. I’ve had ups and downs as the graphs below show, but in the end I’ve run on 113 out of 307 days.
Of course, the most satisfying part of the challenge is knowing that the money raised has gone towards establishing CAMFED’s award-winning Learner Guide Programme in Zambia. Read more about it HERE.
But it’s not over yet…
Although I’ve now reached my target, my year of running isn’t over yet. On 2nd December 2018, I’m going to be running the Valencia Marathon! At the time of writing, that’s just 19 days away. If you would like to support me and CAMFED, you can donate on my fundraising page HERE.