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Gerry Dance

Gerry Dance

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My story

[lt]h2[gt][span=color: #000000;][sup]11 Challenges for [lt]span style="color: #ff6600;"[gt]NASS[/span][span=color: #ff6600;].[/span][/sup][lt]/span[gt][lt]/h2[gt][lt]h2[gt][span=color: #000000;][sup]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, and a Morph suit PB for me!. Once again it was a fa[lt]span style="color: #ff6600;"[gt]NASS[/span]tic race, the weather was great and the crowds were amazing. Thank you to all those who supported me, especially my Super [span=color: #ff6600;]Orange Wig[/span] Cheerleaders! But it doesn't stop there....[/sup][lt]/span[gt][lt]/h2[gt][lt]h2[gt][span=color: #000000;][sup]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! [lt]span style="color: #ff6600;"[gt]NASS[/span] is my charity, [span=color: #ff6600;]NASS[/span] 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...[url=http://www.nass.co.uk/]http://www.nass.co.uk/[/url][/sup][lt]/span[gt][lt]/h2[gt][lt]h2[gt][span=font-weight: normal;]So I am undertaking a series of 11[/span][span=font-weight: normal;] challenges [/span][span=font-weight: normal;]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 [url=http://www.castlesultra.com/]http://www.castlesultra.com/ [/url][/span][lt]/h2[gt][p][span=font-size: 1.5em;]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![/span][/p][p][span=font-size: 1.5em;]http://www.realbuzz.com/blogs/listing/?&page=1[/span][/p][p][span=font-size: 1.5em;]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![/span][/p][p][span=font-size: 1.5em;]So, on 27th July my 7th challenge I'm off to tackle the Bath Trail Marathon. Done! very tough on my hips in 5hrs 54mins. 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. I ran just over 41 miles till the third aid station at Birdlip, all the time feeling and being sick. Not sure why? It was just my stomach. My diet has always been right for races, it was however very warm but we were all suffering so I can only put it down to my medication as I've been suffering with AS pain. So I ran out of energy very fast and early in the race and conceeded defeat this time as I was too late to make the cut off! 10th challenge on the 24th October will be the Snowdonia Marathon. Done, 4hrs 31 mins with 12 lovely 'realbuzz' runners, many of whom supported [/span][span=color: #ff6600;]NASS [/span][span=font-size: 1.5em;]last year in The Great Oggie Run on 8th September - all wearing something [/span][span=color: #ff6600;]orange! [/span][span=font-size: 1.5em;] if I'm still standing, the 11th and final challenge??  is the Brecon Beacons Ultra (46 miles) on 15th November! Done 11hrs 11mins. 11 challenges, Humm odd number! maybe I will squeeze 12 Challenges in so watch this space! [/span][/p][p][span=font-size: 1.5em;]I did squeeze another one in, Saturday 6th Decemebr, The Dorset Coastal Challenge Ultra, 45.5 miles, classed as 'extreme' ! Did it in 11hrs 22mins. Worth 2 UTMB points aswell! I have 9 from 3 races as required to entre the ballot for next year! Fingers crossed![/span][/p][lt]h2[gt][span=font-weight: normal;]All those miles has got to be worth a bob or two!![/span][lt]/h2[gt][lt]h2[gt][span=font-weight: normal;]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 [lt]span style="color: #ff6600;"[gt]NASS.[/span][lt]/span[gt][lt]/h2[gt][lt]h2[gt][span=font-weight: normal;]Follow me on [lt]span style="color: #0000ff;"[gt]Twitter[/span] @GVDance and [span=color: #000080;]Facebook [/span]and [span=color: #008000;]realbuzz.com.[/span] I really appreciate your support and thank you for any donations :) [lt]/span[gt][lt]/h2[gt]

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Dec 10, 2014


Well done on completing the 12 of 12, Gerry. An amazing feat and an inspiration for all especially your fellow AS sufferers.


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Sep 1, 2014


runners help runners :)


Aug 25, 2014

Emily and Bella

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


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 24, 2014

Craeg, Clare, Thing 1 & Thing 2

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


Aug 23, 2014


Good luck Gerry!


Aug 5, 2014


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


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Jun 11, 2014

Ian & Teresa

Good luck. May your tank never run dry!


plus £50.00 Gift Aid

May 27, 2014


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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May 26, 2014



May 25, 2014


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


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