[p][b]Mandy Macqueen [/b][/p][p]I am a 52 year old wife and mother who ran a Virtual Marathon near my house on Mothers Day this year and is taking on the challenge of doing a second, as part of the Virtual Virgin Money London 2020 Marathon 40th Anniversary, on 4th October this year to support [i]The Counselling Foundation[/i], a local counselling charity, where I am a trustee. [/p][p]Promoting positive mental health is a cause close to my heart, and it is an honour to help to raise the profile and awareness of our charity and counselling services. Especially at the moment.[/p][p]One in four people suffer from a range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, bereavement or life changing events. Counselling can improve family life, reduce isolation and encourage people back into paid or volunteering work. [/p][p]We believe everyone should have someone to talk to and we offer subsidised counselling on a sliding scale of fees where we ask clients to make a contribution towards the cost of their weekly session based on income, subject to a minimum fee.[/p][p][i]The Counselling Foundation[/i] receive no government funding and to ensure we continue to maintain the subsidised element of our counselling service for those that need it, public donations are crucial. The charity requires £250,000 from fundraising and its’ other ventures to support this work. Every pound that is donated will go directly to top up weekly charitable counselling sessions for those on low incomes.[/p][p]With the strong link between physical fitness and good mental health, the London Marathon is a great fundraising activity for our counselling charity to be part of.[/p][p][b]What has inspired you to run on behalf of the Foundation? [/b][/p][p]I have seen friends and family suffering due to the shortage of mental health services. This is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the great mental health work the charity does and raise funds to support our charitable work.[/p][p][b]Are you a regular runner?[/b] [/p][p]I always run 3 times a week, even when on holiday or abroad with work. I am slow and steady (over 1 hour for 10k) at the bottom level of 'proper' runners but I love it.[/p][p][b]Have you run a Marathon in the past? What will your training plan look like?[/b][/p][p]I have done one marathon in Brighton 2010, and a virtual marathon in March in loops to my house. They were both hard but the virtual was on my own, with my dog, and I got injured at 18 miles. The last 8 miles were a massive mental and physical challenge. [/p][p]I signed up in October 2019 to do 1 marathon in April 2020 and have done a virtual one, have another virtual one in Oct 2020 and hopefully the London course in Oct 2021. Doing 1 has turned into doing 3!![/p][p]My training plan is 3 days of running per week with some strength training and cross training. The goal is to avoid injury while being fully prepared for the 26 miles.[/p][p][b]What do you think will be your biggest challenges?[/b][/p][p]Avoiding injury - both as a runner over 50 and due to my dog Harvey who trains with me and nearly trips me up sometimes. 😀[/p][p][b]Are you planning other Fundraising/event ideas to help boost awareness and funds?[/b][/p][p]We have started working on ideas and I will put more updates when we have progressed them. [/p][p][b]What meal will you have the night before?[/b][/p][p]High carbs obviously, probably pasta and chicken.[/p][p][b]What music will you be listening to get you round?[/b] [/p][p]I will be listening to dance music and an audio book. [/p][p][b]Who will be there to cheer you on the day?[/b][/p][p]No one!! Me and Harvey will start at 630am and run 4 loops to my house. By 10am the routes will have people out and about and if you tell people what you are doing they offer you encouragement...good but not quite London. [/p][p][b]What will you do to celebrate when you cross the finish line?[/b][/p][p]Eat my chocolate recovery drink and have a shower!!. [/p][p][b]Personal message from Mandy[/b][/p][p]If you can find a way to support me in doing this great challenge for our fantastic charity it would be much appreciated by myself, the charity and all the people who will be able to benefit from our services. It will mean a lot. Thanks so much for anything you can give.[/p][p][b]Finally[/b] [/p][p]Mandy follows in the footsteps of our marathon runner from 2018, Barrie Johnston, a ‘Great in 8’ local fitness and wellbeing coach. He was inspired to run the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon for our counselling charity that started him on his journey to overcome his anxiety and depression seven years ago.[/p]
Congratulations Mandy! Deep respect to you for this massive achievement! Super happy to be able to contribute to The Counselling Foundation also, that brings so much to people suffering from pain that is often invisible yet devastating.
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Oct 16, 2020
Congratulations Mandy, great cause and you're inspiration to get running again!
Oct 7, 2020
Well done Mandy. Great achievement for a great cause!
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Oct 7, 2020
Your grit and determination paid off - brilliant performance considering the dreadful weather!!
To the moon and back ........