Mike Noakes

Mike Noakes

Mike Noakes Marathon Run for PKD

Supporting

Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][b]Post Run Update: 23 April 2018[/b][/p][p]That was one heck of an experience and although during the last 10 miles and for an hour afterwards I don't remember as much as I would have liked, it was amazing to be a part of and I have a finishers medal![/p][p]The heat yesterday, and injuries I had leading up to the day, sadly got the better of me as my achilles got tight after mile 8 and from there on it was a real battle. As other parts of my legs started to cramp up towards mile 16 following a change of running style, any time objective went out the window and I spent the last 10.2 miles battling as hard as possible to get to the finish line.[/p][p]If it wasn’t for the crowds and my family and friends on the route I may not have finished. For me to walk some parts and still finish just showed the pain barriers I had to push through as I don’t think I’ve ever walked on a jog.[/p][p]I also had to spend an hour in the doctors’ tent afterwards due to exhaustion and wasn’t completely with it, so that was the only tinge of disappointed on the day as I didn’t get to meet the PKD charity and other PKD runners in person as planned.[/p][p]A time of 4hrs 16m was 31 minutes slower than I set on the morning but a good time in my head was only a bonus and I’m super proud to have finished.[/p][p]Taking part in the best and hottest Marathon to date, and raising thousands of pounds in the process for an amazing little charity was all I set out to do and I’ve done that with immense pride.[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Update: 20 April 2018[/b][/p][p]Managed to sqeeze in a final massage and physio session this evening before I travel to London tomorrow.[/p][p]Now it’s time to start getting excited and to enjoy the experience! [/p][p][b]Update: 16 April 2018[/b][/p][p]Now entering the final week and the nerves are starting to kick in, mainly because injuries have not allowed me to be in the physical shape I had hoped to be in. No doubt I’m one of thousands saying the same and that makes me feel better.[/p][p]Sunday is all about completing the 26.2 miles in the best possible time and if that’s somewhere near 3hrs 30m I will be chuffed.[/p][p][b]Update: 6 April 2018[/b][/p][p]I am back out on the pavements with no foot pain and hopefully that remains the case. Feeling excited and positive once again :)[/p][p][b]Update: 2 April 2018[/b][/p][p]There are less than 21 days to go. Training has been much harder than I could anticipate, mainly due to the fact my knees are struggling to cope with the demands and I am now running with constant knee pain. I also recently suffered a foot injury which is just another obstacle I am trying to overcome.[/p][p]I would love to still complete the Marathon in under 3.5 hours but this will be extremely difficult considering the injuries.[/p][p]I have been doing a 50 day picture countdown on my Instagram and Facebook accounts if you want to see my recent training updates:[/p][p]www.instagram.com/mikeynoakes[/p][p]www.facebook.com/Your.MikeNoakes[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]My story[/b][/p][p]Hi,[/p][p]Thank you for taking 5 minutes to read my fundraising page. Afterwards I hope you will want to support me, my family, and the Polycystic Kidney Disease charity ('PKD') as I take on the London Marathon on 22 April 2018. [/p][p]For those of you who don’t know, Polycystic Kidney Disease is a chronic, genetic disease causing uncontrolled growth of cysts in the kidney eventually leading to kidney failure. PKD support those affected, their families and carers whilst also raising awareness and funding research to hopefully find a cure one day. If you click on the logo on the left you can read more about the charity's fantastic work.[/p][p]I have set myself a huge challenge, both mentally and physically, that requires a lot of training which is why I am starting in December. Not only do I need to raise my fitness levels a considerable amount to even get close to 3 hours 30 minutes, I also need to recondition my unstable knees (which have been through 7 operations) to give myself the best chance. Leading up to the event I want to raise money for a great charity and afterwards I want to look back and be able to say I have achieved a life ambition and in the process given something back to charity.[/p][p]Family and close friends will know why I am running for PKD but to those reading who don't know, or don't know the full story why and/or what my step-dad Rob Blagden has been through in recent years, I hope the following gives you an insight, which unfortunately is something Rob’s son and my brother Jake will encounter later in life having already been diagnosed.[/p][p]Rob was 38 when he was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease in 2007. In 2008 he met my Mum and they married in 2010. Rob is a huge inspiration within our family and since becoming part of it he has reminded me why I shouldn't take anything for granted in life and he continues to amaze me.[/p][p]When Rob's health began to deteriorate and the kidney disease advanced in 2012, he was put on the national transplant waiting list in order to give him a better quality of life. Several members of my family very unselfishly attempted to donate one of their kidneys to Rob but due to incompatibility reasons this was not possible and Rob would have to wait for a deceased donor. By December 2012 Rob's kidney function went down to 9% and he required dialysis. Being on dialysis involves being wired up to a dialysis machine 3 to 4 times a week (up to 5 hours a time) to do the job of your kidneys, which is to filter the blood, removing harmful waste products and excess fluid, before turning it into urine to be passed out of the body. Before Rob came into my life I never knew that is how amazing and vital a kidney (and a dialysis machine) is, and I'm positive I'm not alone.[/p][p]By April 2013 Rob was in a lot of pain and discomfort, although he never complained, and needed his kidneys removed which were now the size of rugby balls. Although the NHS could do this my sister wanted to help and within 3 days of posting the following video ([url=https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jPVA0rgR8HA]https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jPVA0rgR8HA[/url]) she managed to raise more than the required amount needed to enable Rob to have a kidney removed privately and save him a further 3 months of pain waiting for an operation.[/p][p]By November 2013 dialysis was installed at my parents' home, allowing my Mum to be Rob's nurse and ease the increasing pressure on their lives. By October 2014 Rob's second kidney was removed on the NHS and he was surviving on dialysis.[/p][p]In September 2015, three and a half years after being put on the transplant list, what we call the 'gift of life' became available for Rob. A transplant was successfully completed on 14 September 2015 and Rob is now enjoying a much better quality of life having endured many lows and struggles for several years. [/p][p]Unfortunately a kidney transplant does not last forever and there are many factors affecting the survival life of a kidney, although there is a small chance it could last for 20+ years. The thought of dialysis is therefore never too far away and my family will be forever thankful. It is for that reason that I would like to tackle a challenge and personally try and make a difference for Rob, Jake and all PKD sufferers. [/p][p]Hopefully, one day, the genetic disease is cured. [/p][p]Thank you for reading and thank you very much if you decide to donate.[/p][p]Mike[/p][p] [/p][p][br][/p][p] [/p][p][br][/p][p] P.s. Rob kept a blog between 2012 and 2015, which can be found here - [/p][p][url=http://kidneytransplantblog.blogspot.co.uk]http://kidneytransplantblog.blogspot.co.uk[/url][/p][p].[/p]
Mike Noakes Marathon Run for PKD image 1
Mike Noakes Marathon Run for PKD image 2
Mike Noakes Marathon Run for PKD image 3
Mike Noakes Marathon Run for PKD image 4
Mike Noakes Marathon Run for PKD image 5
Mike Noakes Marathon Run for PKD image 6

Other ways to support Mike's fundraising effort

Turn your unwanted stuff into donations

Donate your stuff

See how it works

together withziffit.com logo

Earn free donations when you shop

Shop with heart

See how it works

together withkindred logo

Supporters


May 23, 2018

Anonymous

Hurrrrr

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


May 21, 2018

Curtis

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


May 2, 2018

Dee

Magnificent effort Mike, here’s my little contribution from all the pound coins i collected xxx

£200.00

plus £50.00 Gift Aid


Apr 30, 2018

Alan Meiklejohn

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Apr 27, 2018

Tim Coles

Well done mate great achievement

£30.00


Apr 27, 2018

Mr and Mrs Hobbit

Well done Ginge.

£26.00

plus £6.50 Gift Aid


Apr 25, 2018

Anonymous


Apr 24, 2018

Tony W

Well run, that man!

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Apr 23, 2018

Anonymous


Apr 23, 2018

Anonymous

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Back to Top