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Nicola Ward

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Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hi, thanks for visiting my page. Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. [/p][p]I walked the Yorkshire Three Peaks which is nearly the same distance as the London Marathon just a bit more mountainous, in August 2016. I raised money for a local hospice after seeing the great care they provide for the patients at the Surgery I work for. This was a tough challenge for me as I never used to walk anywhere. The first time I walked six miles I was knackered - it seemed like such a major achievement. We were soon building our miles up and our fundraising. We raised just over £1500 between three of us. Walking on the day every time I thought about how sore my feet were or that I couldn't possibly take another step I thought of the money we were raising and of the patients who wouldn't get the chance to do what we were doing or see the beautiful views we could. The sense of achievement at the end was just fantastic. I was on a high! [/p][p]I wanted that high again and knew that I could walk the distance so why not run it! I applied for a ballot place for the London Marathon...I didn't get a ballot place but I did luckily enough get a charity place with Hospice UK. Running does not come easy to me....I struggled and sometimes still do to run a mile! When I started training it was difficult, I couldn't get my breathing right, I couldn't find my pace and everything seemed to be able to make it look very easy. I read lots on the internet, borrowed books from the library and tried the techniques. None worked. It wasn't until I read Graeme Hilditch's book he wrote about running 5K and 10K for cancer research and in this book he says as humans we are built to run and to stop thinking about it and just do it. My next run I stopped thinking about it and just ran and it seemed to fall into place. I could feel that running was getting a little bit easier and my distances were getting a little further. I have been hit by injury and illness but I'm still trying to get the miles in and my next race is a trail half marathon at the beginning of February which will be the furthest ever distance I have ran. [/p][p]I want to thank everyone who has supported me so far either by kind words, raffle prizes and sponsorship. It means the world to know I have so much support. Thank you for visiting my page and thank you for your donation. I hope to do you all proud on the day. Nicola xx[/p]

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Event

2018 Virgin Money London Marathon

2018 Virgin Money London Marathon

22 Apr 2018

Charity

Hospice UK

Hospice UK

Supporters

26-Apr-2018

Angela Rowe

You bloody well did it!!! Well done - am very proud of you xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

25-Apr-2018

Linda Buchanan

Congratulations a great achievement.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

23-Apr-2018

Jennifer McLachlan

Well well done! You are amazing! X

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

22-Apr-2018

Anonymous

Well done Nicola!! That was fantastic!

£10.00

22-Apr-2018

Anonymous

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

22-Apr-2018

Fiona

You did amazingly well, I’m so proud to know you x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

22-Apr-2018

Kellie and Steven

Well done Nicola xxx great achievement

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

22-Apr-2018

Fiona Campbell

Incredible Nicola! Very well done xxx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

22-Apr-2018

Anonymous

All the best Nicola, enjoy it as much as you can.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

22-Apr-2018

Sheryl

Amazing...looking forward to seeing on the TV! Good luck x

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid