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John Collett

Dublin Marathon run

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

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My story

[p]The Dublin Marathon 28th October[/p][p]I am raising money for Demelza, a hospice for Children, I find what they do for the children and their families amazing and tremendously moving, I recommend everyone to look at the link below just to see how they improve the lives of the children who they help. Please sponsor me to help the children and their families who have had their lives affected and shortened in a way I hope none of us have to go through but I would be very grateful if you could help them by sponsoring me to do the Dublin Marathon. [/p][p][url=http://www.demelza.org.uk/]www.demelza.org.uk[/url][/p][p]Why am I doing this?[/p][p]I have wanted to do a Marathon ever since I started running at around age 18 and was on track and keen to do a marathon when I got diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 21 years old. I was fit and healthy and the diagnosis was something of a shock. This made me stop and think about what I was doing and stupidly I stopped running as I was concerned about having a Hypo Glycaemic attack whilst running long distances. To be fair this was a genuine concern but not something that should have stopped me running. Over the years I have gradually got back into doing various events including the Three Peaks Challenge, numerous 10 and 20K Obstacle Course Races and some various Bike Rides. However the Marathon has been something that I still have as the “Run” I want to do. [/p][p]Earlier this year I decided to enter the Dublin Marathon and set about the task of getting myself fitter than I have been for some 25 years, carrying somewhere between 2 and 3 stone more than I need or want to and having never run more than a half marathon. The last half marathon I ran was my last long distance pure running race and I was only 21 years old, naturally fit and able to run without even thinking about it. This has created its own problems in my head as I want to run a time like I used to run but a 1 hour 22 minute half marathon is now beyond me and I will now be having to accept that age and enjoying life has meant that I have had to adjust my time I am aiming for. [/p][p]I didn’t realise how hard this was going to be, I wanted to get a decent time but now I realise things are working against me for this and I need to concentrate on finishing. I am struggling with my own personal battle with diabetes which is normally well controlled; on longer distance training runs with my blood sugars drop. On the Bewl Water 15 mile race which had temperatures around 30° throughout the race, I had to stop for around 25 minutes as my blood sugars had dropped to a point that was dangerous; I managed to finish but in what I can only describe as a time that was so far off what I was planning it demoralised me. It seems that every run I do over 10 miles is causing my Blood sugars to drop, I am trying to do various things to stop this happening but so far have not succeeded until the last two 14 mile runs that I completed. (Update...OCT 2018, I think and hope I now have this under control).[/p][p]This is not going to stop me, I will finish the marathon and will run it in the best time I can achieve now, if I am not happy with that time I will do another and another until I am happy or reality hits home. I am telling you this as I want everyone to know who sponsors me that I will finish the marathon, I am going into this knowing in my head that nothing will stop me. This week I completed my longest distance I have ever run of 20 miles and I will continue to run and train (although gradually reducing the distances) all the way up to the week before the marathon and I will finish the marathon. I was very pleased with my time of 2 hours 50 minutes for 20 miles which puts me on track for the time I was aiming for when running the full 26.2 miles. But who knows what will happen on the actual day![/p][p]I ask you to give generously to the Children and their families at Demelza.[/p][p]Thank you,[/p][p]John[/p][p] [/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

28 Oct 2018




Well done John!!!! (Should have done this sooner x x )

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Anning Family

Well Done John Very proud of you.......

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Tony and Miranda

Well done John!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid



Well done John, we're all so proud of you!

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid


Helen and Nick

Awesome work John! Super inspiring 👍

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid



Well done on completing the Marathon!






Good luck John

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Carolyn James Sam and Amber x

Amazing charity lots of children I work access Demelza hats off to you John 10k is my limit!! very brave enjoy the Guinness

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


The Smiths

Good luck xx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid