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Amanda Seims

Running the Bob Graham Round

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Update: You can track my progress as of Friday evening [url=http://live.opentracking.co.uk/bgr2019/?n=15]here[/url]: [/p][p][url=https://eur04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%http://live.opentracking.co.uk/bgr2019/?n=15[/url][br][/url][/p][p]So many of you who know me personally might still be wondering what this Bob Graham Round run is really all about, and why I seem so nervous given that I’ve been a runner for a few years now and fairly used to long distance and hills. You can read the true history of it [url=http://www.bobgrahamclub.org.uk/index.php]here[/url], but basically it's become a bit of a rite of passage among the fell running community (a bit like many Yorkshire folk wanting to complete our local 3 peaks hike). However, it's not a race, there is no prize for the fastest person, no medal, and no free cake (which is my usual incentive for racing) - the simple reward is membership of the 'club' and an invitation to its biennial dinner at a pub in the Lake District. It's a personal challenge that anyone can attempt anytime, but requires a huge amount of dedication to planning as well as training, and an amazing support crew. So why am I doing it? Well I guess I’ve always been someone to throw myself into something just to see if I can achieve it, and it's always been in the back of my mind, but never much of a serious thought until in 2017 I was suddenly told I was losing my job and decided this would be a great project to focus my mind on! [/p][p][br][/p][p]So, approximately 66 miles over rough and rugged terrain in the Lake District (with a couple of stream crossings, a long steep scree descent and a bit of a scramble thrown in for good measure), hitting 42 mountain tops (including Scafell Pike) and over 8,000m of uphill – and if that wasn’t going to challenge me enough, there’s a strict time limit of 24 hours, which from my experience of supporting other people attempting it last summer, requires maintenance of a considerable pace to achieve that. So, as this is something with a reasonable failure rate and I'm probably going to suffer tremendously, I saw it as a great opportunity to try and raise some funds for a few charities that do some great work.[/p][p][br][/p][p]The Brathay Trust - I wasn't an active child and was brought up in the flatlands of East Anglia and apart from doing my Duke of Edinburgh, had no real experience of outdoor adventure sports. Living in Yorkshire and through people I've met and opportunities I've been lucky to have, I've discovered a whole new world out there which has become one of my biggest passions in life. Although fell running is a very cheap sport, it still feels like a privilege to be able to head to places like the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District on a regular basis and many young people don't have these same opportunities and support. Being out in nature is great for wellbeing, and being out in wild weather really challenges and develops you. The Brathay Trust provides engagement, development and leadership programmes for disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people (including those in Leeds and Bradford), using the outdoors to facilitate this.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Dementia Adventure – Dementia is something affecting an increasing number of people as we live longer, but also impacts on immediate carers and wider family members. This charity aims to enable people living with dementia to get outdoors, connect with nature, themselves and their community, and retain a sense of adventure in their lives. Exercise, fresh air and stimulation can help people retain their skills and interests for longer, improve overall health and wellbeing and have a positive impact of the lives of people living with dementia and their carers and families.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Yorkshire Cancer Research – Over the past few years I have seen cancer affect an alarming number of my friends and I lost my aunt last year. In Yorkshire, you’re more likely to get cancer and more likely to die from it, than almost anywhere else in England. Yorkshire Cancer Research aim to improve outcomes for people in Yorkshire, working within prevention, screening, early diagnosis and service improvement as well as funding clinical trials to improve treatment and end of life care. The money they raise goes directly back into helping the Yorkshire population. I actually worked on a great project with this organisation a couple of years ago and they are really passionate about what they do.[/p][p][br][/p][p]So, to help me grit my teeth when my legs are like jelly and I'm feeling sick after the umpteenth sports gel/Snickers bar/Kendal mint cake, I'd welcome support with any donations.[/p][p][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/33882777458_d2ce8859b0_o.png" id="exifviewer-img-22" exifid="-1289153199" oldsrc="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/33882777458_d2ce8859b0_o.png[/img][/p]
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Jul 1, 2019

Judith William

Fantastic effort, sorry for late donation

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 11, 2019

jeremy Emmott

Brilliant effort!

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

May 24, 2019

Sally ME

A truly cracking, inspirational effort

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 20, 2019

Helen Butters

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

May 20, 2019

Rachel Bethell

Hope it went well. Rather you than me!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

May 20, 2019


May 18, 2019


Sorry it’s a bit late, been meaning to do this for weeks. What a fantastic achievement and a brilliant cause!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 18, 2019


Amazing. Well done.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 18, 2019

Chris and Alfred

May 18, 2019


Amazing run Amanda. Was following you all day. Forget about that poxy dinner invitation, you did the Bob Graham!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid