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CAMFED running challenge complete!

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.

 

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How far above or below my target I was over the course of the year

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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.

 

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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.

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I’ve got to run faster!

This is part of my 40 Before 40 Challenge.


I enjoy running and setting PB’s so this was always going to be on my list. It’s hard to know where to set my targets though. This is what I’ve come up with at the moment:

Distance Target Current PB
1k 3 minutes 3:17
5k / Parkrun 19 minutes 20:02
10k 40 minutes 42:01
Half-marathon 1 hour 35 minutes 1:45:01
Marathon 4 hours 4:38:23

I’ve been running more this year than ever before, but mostly shorter distances including a few parkruns. I’ve recently entered my first proper event since 2012: the Royal Parks Half-Marathon on Sunday 8th October 2017. I don’t expect to get close to my target time, but there will be plenty more opportunities where I can put in a bit more long-distance training.

I’m representing Camfed in that event and I’ve decided (possibly foolishly) to extend my fundraising beyond the half-marathon, by saying that I’ll run 1km for every £1 donated! That should keep me busy through the winter! You can keep an eye on my progress by looking at my Strava profile.

I’m Raising Money for Camfed!

What is Camfed?

Camfed is the Campaign for Female Education, which is an international non-profit organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting marginalized girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change.

Camfed works in Zimbabwe, Ghana, Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi and has already benefited the lives of millions of girls and young women.

Why should you donate?

Mainly because it’s an amazing cause, but I’m also proud to say that I’ll be representing Camfed at the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday 8th October. Not only that, I’m going to run 1km for every £1 that’s donated! The target is £400 (and I think we can raise more) so that’s a lot of running!

How can you donate?

Follow this link to my sponsorship page to donate.

Want to know more?

Check out Camfed’s website, which is full of truly inspiring stories. They also have some great videos on their YouTube page.

You can also follow my training on Strava and I’ll try to keep the blog updated with my progress. 34 days to go!