Gerry Dance

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The National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society
NASS is the patient organisation for people with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) which is a painful progressive rheumatic disease which mainly affects the spine. We provide advice, support and information for patients and their families and with 83 active local branches in the UK.
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11 Challenges for NASS.

I ran the Virgin London Marathon for the 3rd time in April this year. I did it in 3hrs 47mins and 49secs, in the Morph suit of course. Once again it was a faNASStic race, the weather was great and the crowds were amazing. Thank you to all those who supported me, especially my Super Orange Wig Cheerleaders! But it doesn't stop there....

This year it's going to be a massive challenge for me, I've already run further than I've ever run before. For those who have followed me over the years, London was my 17th Marathon. I've been running for 34 years and was diagnosed with AS in 1990. This painful condition is eased (for me) by running. I know not all AS sufferers are able to do what I do and my journey has not been without a huge amount of pain but I can run and will run for as long as my bones let me. But.....it's got to be worth while! NASS is my charity, NASS are fab! They support us AS sufferers, they raise the profile of this surprisingly common but often undiagnosed disease, they help fund research, they lobby Parliament and have a great website where you can read all about it. Have a look yourself...http://www.nass.co.uk/

So I am undertaking a series of 11 challenges this year.  I have always wanted to push myself a little bit further. How about an Ultra I thought? (anything longer than a marathon is an ultra) On May 24th I took on the Two Castles and an Abbey Ultra Race in Northern Cyprus, 80k (50 miles) of rocky, mountain trails. My aim was to complete it without getting lost. Needless to say I did not wear the Morph suit for this one! Here's the link http://www.castlesultra.com/ 

The end result was, I managed to get to 68k and I could not go a step further. It was a mighty challenge and I was running with some incredible athletes. If you are interested, Mandy & I have written a blog on The Realbuzz.com website, all about our amazing adventure. It's in 3 parts and quite long!

http://www.realbuzz.com/blogs/listing/?&page=1

In the run up to the Ultra I have also completed The Steyning Stinger Trail Marathon near Brighton on 2nd March, then I ran London on 19th April, then a week later I slipped in an extra one and ran the Compton Downland Challenge, 40 mile trail Ultra. I hadn't intended to run this but I did it in 7hrs 22mins! I am now officially an Ultra Runner! Then came Cyprus, 24th May. I had intended to take June off but I have crazily decided to run the South Downs Way 100 mile Trail Ultra on Saturday 14th June! This goes through the night and ends in Eastbourne at noon on Sunday 15th. Wooohooo! I DID IT!!! I ran 100miles in 28hrs 40mins 08secs!! It was a killer but an amazing experience. I've never run through the night before, can't believe I stayed awake and didn't get lost!

So, on 27th July my 7th challenge I'm off to tackle the Bath Trail Marathon and then my 8th challenge will be The Ridgeway 86 mile Ultra on the 23rd August. Done 22hrs 34 mins. 9th challenge Cotswold way 100 mile ultra on the 27th September. 10th challenge on the 24th October will be the Snowdonia Marathon with 12 lovely 'realbuzz' runners, many of whom supported NASS last year in The Great Oggie Run on 8th September - all wearing something orange! Finally, if I'm still standing, the 11th and final challenge is the Brecon Beacons Ultra (46 miles) on 15th November!

All those miles has got to be worth a bob or two!!

Since the Compton, I have suffered injury to my Achilles. It held out in Cyprus, my toughest challenge and I'll give the other challenges my very best shot and of course it's all for NASS.

Follow me on Twitter @GVDance and Facebook and realbuzz.com. I really appreciate your support and thank you for any donations :) 

Recent donors

01.09.14 runners help runners :)

25.08.14 Daddy says you're amazing and an inspiration to everyone Gerry. He also said to always remember that "impossible is a lie". Good luck with the rest of your challenges XX

24.08.14 £1 per mile as promised. Great achievement this weekend.

23.08.14 Good luck Gerry!

05.08.14 I'm sorry I've missed you all this year, I really am but good luck with the coming events and I will see you all soon! Graeme

11.06.14 Good luck. May your tank never run dry!

27.05.14 Gerry, got to give again, your Cyprus run is bubbling in my mind and is just awesome. Well done for giving it all for yourself and for NASS, it's all that can be asked and all we can ever give, and you certainly gave it.

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25.05.14 This is in honor of all 140 people who were courageous enough to share their stories with me, and helping me with my vision, Thank you so much, Cookie

25.05.14 Keep up the wonderful work, you are an amazing inspiration for all of us! Thank you!

25.05.14 Well done...a tremendous effort ( though pure madness!)

24.05.14 Thinking of you and wearing orange today Gerry!! Go go go!! :)

20.05.14 Good luck Gerry! You are an inspiration!

19.05.14 I'll wear an orange top to my parkrun on Saturday and will be thinking of you. Best of British x

18.05.14 Good luck Gerry. See you at the 2 Castles and an Abbey.

18.05.14 Enjoy the sun, try not to get lost. Good luck!

17.05.14 What you're doing is utterly incredible Gerry. I've spent the last 10.5 years of my life paralysed by pain, due to AS, but GP's always said there was nothing wrong with me. Your work will help other young people avoid what I had to live with. Respect.

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16.05.14 Good luck! :)

29.04.14 Like you, I run to keep moving. I look forward to crossing paths with you at some point!

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16.04.14 Well done Gerry

13.04.14 Good luck Gerald, this is a great effort for your charity. Love from us all, Raymond, Amanda, Christopher & Cerian xxxx

13.04.14 I know you'll do us proud today. Run ya socks off mate.

13.04.14 Go Gerry!

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