Gail McCutcheon

Gail McCutcheon

London Marathon 26.04.2015 - Home Run

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Total raised so far£0.00

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Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][b]Final update 09.06.2015[/b][/p][p]Six weeks later[b]![/b][/p][p]At mile 2 my calve muscle started twisting - not a good sign!!![lt]br /[gt]After a lot of convincing chat with my muscle I persuaded it to relax, get on with its job and bring me to the finish line. Unfortunately I forgot to ask it not to be annoyed with me at end!!![/p][p]I was pumped up with adrenalin all of Sunday and when my legs were stiff and hurt on Sunday evening, I still felt happy and could laugh about the fact I was unable to walk.[/p][p]Monday was agonising. Oxford street with dodgy leg was not a good idea. I hobbled from one end to the other with no pain killers!![/p][p]Tuesday orthopaedic doc took one look at leg and sent me straight to hospital with the suspicion of thrombosis and risk of lung embolie - not funny. After a few tears and hours of waiting, a few horror stories about compartments syndrom and slicing my leg open, I found out i had torn my muscle, in my case, pretty well (never liked doing things by half).[/p][p]6 weeks rest![/p][p]Finally its over, I missed running really badly and was pleased that 2 of these weeks were spent on beach.[/p][p]All the pain was worth it - over 2000 for BHF! and an amazing lifetime experience for me. [/p][p]Thanks for all the support.[/p][p]I will be back!!!! Be warned!!![/p][p]Berlin and Rotterdam are still on to do list.[/p][p][/p][p][/p][p][b][lt]br /[gt][/b][/p][p][b]Update from 13.04.2015[/b][/p][p]So last long run today to test knees and outfit.[/p][p]28km. Knees are good, heart is good, mind is chilling!!![/p][p][/p][p][b]Update from 08.04.2015[/b][/p][p]Only 17 days left to go!![/p][p]Well you have all heard Stephen Fry kindly asking for donations on my behalf. I can't confirm the bleeding nipples or bloody toes, but I guess I have not done the marathon yet. Ask me in 2,5 weeks! I can confirm the early mornings, the sexy leggings and the hard work though.[/p][p]This time I am really feeling the pressure. The fact the many people have essentially paid 2000 pounds for me to run the marathon, does not make the 26,2 miles seem less threatening. The fact that I have been running for over 5 years now and have already completed two marathons do help. Sore throat and twitching knees these last couple of weeks have been playing havoc with my nerves. Massage, creams, anti infection tablets, lots of fruit smoothies - I am giving it my all.[/p][p]I now just need to stay healthy, get in a few more training runs and have a relaxing journey over to London.[/p][p]Please help relieve the pressure by topping up my donation account to 2000 pounds, so that I can reach my target. One last thing to worry about!!![/p][p]Thanks for your all everylasting support![/p][p]At the EXcel exhibition centre there is the marathon fair where you can pick up spectator goodies from BHF.[/p][p]Thanks and love to you all[/p][p]Gail[/p][p][/p][p][b]Update from 23.02.2015[/b][/p][p]Only a couple of months left to go. Time flies and 42km still seem a long way away. But hey I made it last time, so have lots of faith that with more experience it should be nice and easy!!!!!! I recently met a lady who has done all big marathons around the world and she reckons London was the best. London is marathon for fancy dress and although I loved fancy dress parties I won't be running dressed as a telephone box or a banana! Running leggings sound good to me.[/p][p]Just had a week off hard running training but replaced it with skiing and  cross country skiing in sunny South Tyrol in Italy. I usually train 3-4 times a week running, 1,5 hours of yoga, an hourly fitness class, an occassional swim plus a few short sessions of sit-ups, planks and co. at home. I feel fit.[/p][p]A few weeks ago I was in London and went for quick jog along embankment. I had forgotten how beautiful London is. The illuminations are spectacular. I got a feel buzz running past the Eye, Big Ben and over Tower Bridge. Next time I cross Tower Bridge I will be accompanied by thousands of other runners all running for their special cause.[/p][p]My charity work continues to be strong. At the end of the year I had raised over €28.500 through my sponsored runs, handmade bags and co. and selling coffee and cakes. I am thrilled at the amount of support I continue to receive from all of you.[/p][p]On 16th March, we have organised a charity do in our local Indian restaurant, so thanks to all of you going there. Jealous that I can't be there, I love a curry. Thanks Mam![/p][p]We are just putting final touches to new web site. Should go live anytime. UK and German versions available. Please pop by to take a look. Thanks Dad![/p][p]www.myheartlaughs.org.uk[/p][p]www.meinherzlacht.de[/p][p]Thanks for all your help, donations and enthusiasm.[/p][p]Hope to see some familiar face in London![/p][p]Love Gail[/p][p][/p][p][b]Update from 14.12.14[/b][/p][p]Rhys and Lucy are really excited for Christmas to arrive, for them it comes twice. Once on Christmas Eve (German style) and then again on Christmas Day (Geordie style).  Advantage of having two nationalities! Lucy plays daily with the figures from her nativity scene and Rhys can't wait to get his hands on his new football boots. [/p][p]Today I told them a story about Marleen, an 11 year old girl with Leukaemia. She will be spending Christmas in hospital this year, as she is due to have stem cells transplanted on Tuesday. I spent the whole day in our local sports hall helping with a campaign for locals to register as stem cell donors. My job was to check the details and then ask them to donate. 1.300 people registered and over € 25.000 were collected. An incredible achievement for our local community and I am very proud to say that I played my part in helping. Marleen followed most of the day via Skype from her hospital bed. Frank and I registered as donors and Rhys and Lucy donated € 5 each of their pocket money.  [/p][p]Many heart children will also be spending Christmas in hospital this year, either recovering from their heart surgery or even possibly waiting for a new heart.  Christmas is a time for giving. Please help me with my charitable efforts to support these children and their familes. Please take the time to click on "donate now" button and help me raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation. The campaign for Marleen showed me today what is possible when people join together in their efforts for such a good cause.[/p][p]In January my hard marathon training starts. All your donations will help me get out of bed at 7am and face those cold winter morning runs.[/p][p]I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and health and happiness for the New Year. Thanks for your kindness.[/p][p][/p][p]LONDON MARATHON 2015 - HOME RUN![/p][p]New York has been ticked off the box, London is next on list.[lt]br /[gt] Highlight of London being that my family, friends and the Queen will be able to cheer me on![/p] [p]Most of you will know why my charity work is so very important to me and why I have no plans to stop. London Marathon gives me another reason to collect donations for a cause very close to my family's heart and I am more than happy to put myself through a few months of hard marathon training.[/p] [p]HOWEVER please realise this is a really tough challenge for me and I am not looking forward to most it!!  I have to train in the winter - temperatures drop to minus 15 degrees, we get a lot of snow in Germany, the running track is icy for most of the winter, I don’t have a membership to a gym, it gets dark early and I get scared!!! I am also not an early bird and I hate getting up on Sunday mornings for the long 2-3 hour training runs. As a mother of two young kids, I don't have a spare 8 hours per week to train for this marathon, but with some careful planning, dedication and a permanent fight with my weaker self (which I have to always win) it is possible.[/p] [p]The personal journey to get to the starting line of the marathon is the difficult bit, running the marathon is the easy bit and there are not many moments in life, that are so overwhelmingly fantastic as crossing the finishing line of a marathon. This is the bit I am especially looking forward to in London.[/p] [p]It's pretty tough to get a place in London and the charities demand a lot from their runners, which is why I was particularly thrilled about my successful application. I have obviously chosen to run for the British Heart Foundation. To get a place in their very popular "Heartrunners" team I had to fill out a long application form about my marathon career so far, my fundraising efforts to date, a motivational letter why I have chosen BHF (that bit was really easy) and of course my strategies for earning them 2000 pounds!!![lt]br /[gt] This is the part where I put on my sweet voice!!![/p] [p]In the last 3 years I have been very successful with my fundraising efforts and have raised over EUR 27.000 in Germany and over GBP 3.500 in UK for my participation in the New York Marathon 2012/2013. This has only been possible with the help of many very kind people.[/p] [p]To hit my target of GBP 2000 I will again be relying on many generous people. A spontaneous donation is always wonderful, but maybe some of you fancy getting involved a little more. How about a coffee afternoon, second hand book sale, cheese and wine party, charity meal out, tombola at the office? I greatly appreciate all your help.[/p] [p]All there is for me to do now is to get my training plan in my diary, put my runners on and hit the woods![/p] [p]Thank you and love to you all[lt]br /[gt] Gail[/p]

Supporters


May 2, 2015

Barbara and Derek Cattell

Well done Gail. Great success.

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


May 2, 2015

Jean McCutcheon

Well done Superwoman. A wonderful time. lots of love Mamx

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Apr 28, 2015

Caroline Maclachlan

Well done Gail

£10.00

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Apr 28, 2015

Anonymous

Well done Gail.

£5.00

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Apr 27, 2015

Jackie & Kim Slater

Hi Gail. Sure you completed with flying colours. Next time keep running and come see us in Reading to celebrate.

£25.00

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Apr 26, 2015

Anonymous

Well done Gail. Amazing what you have achieved. Xx

£10.00

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Apr 26, 2015

Tracy and Danvan xx

Well done Gail, great time we were there but must have missed you running by! Amazing fundraising too love great effort loads of love

£33.00

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Apr 26, 2015

Paul and Emma

Well done Gail! Great day and amazing time :-)

£50.00

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Apr 26, 2015

Anonymous


Apr 26, 2015

Joe Midgley

Good luck!

£20.00

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