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Karen Menzie

Virgin Money London Marathon 2019

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Thank you SO MUCH! [/p][p]7th Feb Quiz Night raised £638! Now to run 16 miles on Sunday 17th Feb - my longest ever distance - wish me luck![/p][p]2nd Feb 2019 - today the #TeamBarnardos runners met up at Battersea Millennial Park for an inspiring talk from Floella Benjamin (Play School on 1980s tv! - LOVE HER!) , a track session with Olympic champion Daley Thompson and coaching from Clifford Brooks. [/p][p]We got our official vests - it's all very real now![/p][p][br][/p][p]Why am I running the London Marathon?[/p][p]And Why do I need you to help me Fundraise for Barnardo’s?[/p][p]My running journey began 15 months ago, when the most exerting thing I did was try to wrestle open a stubborn bottle of Prosecco. I weighed 38 lb more than I do now, and one particular Saturday in 2017, I was miserably reaching breaking point knowing something had to change.[/p][p]I hadn’t run in years. In high school, I hated it so much that I once coerced my mum to write me sick note to exempt me from a mandatory cross country ‘fun’ run on the basis that I was too sad after my goldfish died that morning. (True Story). To my surprise the school complied, but I hadn’t anticipated they would put me on marshalling duty instead. I was assigned to a group with three other highly questionable sick notes, and we were stood by a farmer’s wide gate, (the sort tractors use to access the field), under the ferociously strict instruction to leave everything exactly as we found it. Well, marshalling is really dull. We soon got tired of standing up (clearly, we weren’t the athletic kids…) so the 4 of us climbed up and sat on top of the gate. At 14, we were blissfully unaware of the underfunding crisis in the farming sector. The gate promptly abandoned its hinges and crashed to the ground, scattering us amongst cow pats and gravel. Terrified of being found culpable for property damage, we thought it best to create the illusion that the gate was still suspended a foot above the ground, merrily still attached to its post. We spent the next hour in agony, cheering on the running kids through gritted teeth whilst our arms twisted awkwardly behind us, holding up the gate, desperate for a break in the flow of runners so we could briefly lower it again. This proved to be far more strenuous than the run would have been, and in hindsight I should have taken the hint back then that running was better for me than not running......[/p][p]Despite my misgivings on running, back on that Saturday in 2017, now with a 3 and a 5-year-old, sporadic jogs around my local park still seemed like the cheapest most readily available option to get fit. (Having now spent eleventy hundred pounds on trainers, race entries, emergency sports massages, night torches and various other paraphernalia I now laugh rather hard at the naïve notion that running would be a thrifty option!).[/p][p]So, I put my KitKat down, picked my shiny unused trainers up and took the hardest step; the first one out the front door, convinced the world was looking at me and laughing. [/p][p]My family encouraged me, and to my surprise, the relative freedom of not being mum or wife or an employee for a short window at a time became quite appealing. My little run sessions were bordering on ‘me’ time, albeit in intermittent agony amid lots of swearing. [/p][p]Even then, nobody really thought this running fad would last, least of all me. [/p][p]But the shuffles around the park evolved into a 5K Santa Dash, and then after Christmas I discovered my local ladies’ running group, Formby Stormers. A very friendly commitment free run every Monday evening through the cold wet winter led to solid friendships and before I knew it I was running 10K and combined with Slimming World, I had shed the ‘baby’ weight I’d clung on to for over 3 years.[/p][p]Three half marathons later and I’ve got the bug to do a marathon. Basically, I’m superficial and I know I need the buzz off crowd support the whole way around to get me around the full distance, so it will have to be a biggie which is why I badly want to run London. [/p][p] It’s notoriously near-impossible to get a place in the ballot, I know someone who has tried 15 years consecutively. However all was not lost; I’m thrilled that Barnardo’s accepted me to run in one of their reserved vests for 2019. They’ve made my dream come true, and in return, to help them with theirs, I’ve pledged to raise £2,000.[/p][p] I’m very proud to be representing Barnardo’s and supporting the crucial work they do, working towards stronger families, safer childhoods and positive futures.[/p][p] Barnardo’s protect, support and nurture the UK's most vulnerable children and young people.[/p][p] As one of the UK's leading children's charities, Barnardo's worked directly with 301,100 children, young people, parents and carers in 2017-18, running over 1000 vital services across the UK.[/p][p] Please give generously in support of both me and Barnardo’s on this amazing journey.[/p][p] Thank you!!![/p][p]Karen x[/p]
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Apr 29, 2019

Elaine Scott

Well done Karen you have done amazing and you should be proud of yourself xx

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Apr 26, 2019


Good Luck!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 23, 2019

Dave & Joan Enstone

Dave & Joan Enstone

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Apr 20, 2019


Go & smash it Menzie. Rooting for ‘Team Foot’ xxx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 11, 2019


Go get em, Tiger!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 3, 2019

Vicki Rutland

Good luck Karen

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Mar 10, 2019

Ruth Smith

Good luck Karen. You'll smash it!! Ruth, Rich and the kids xxx 🎽🥇

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Mar 4, 2019

Lisa H

Thanks for the running top. Good luck Karen x

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Mar 2, 2019

Chris and Pete

Good luck Karen and well done from Chris & Pete

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Mar 2, 2019

Amy Godfrey

Best of luck karen xx