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Nicola Maplethorpe

2018 Virgin Money London Marathon

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My story

[p]As many of you know, I run...not very fast and not very elegantly...but I run. I started running a few years ago, in an effort to try and lose the stones I had gained growing two children. I started in my lounge, in front of the TV...10 minutes, I managed 10 whole minutes without stopping. The next few weeks I repeated this quite a few times, then I thought I better think of something else as my carpet was wearing thin. Too scared to lug these lumps and bumps out in public, I decided to go out in my (small) garden and run up and down out there. Gradually I increased the time I was running, until one day when I comfortably managed 30 minutes. Feeling enthused and good about myself I decided it was time to be brave and take it to the streets. I was slow, I was very red and you could probably hear my breathing from 1/2 a mile away, but I managed to get round the 3 mile block and I was estactic.[/p][p]As my confidence in running in public grew, so did the distances I would run and in just a few months I found myself entered into my first 10k. The feeling I got when I crossed that line, how proud I was of myself, for doing something for me, for achieving something, was amazing and quite addictive. Since then I have completed many 5k and 10k events, 3 half marathons, a couple of mud runs and this year my first triathalon. [/p][p]Running has been good for my body and mind and has given me something to focus on and to aim for. Sure some days it is horrific, I feel like even 200m is too hard, like I can't and don't want to run, but then that little voice tells me I can and I will and I do. So what next......[/p][p]Well after numerous attempts, to get a London Marthon place, both ballot and charity routes, I have finally found myself with one courtesy of an amazing charity. So on April 22nd 2018, I will be lining up with thousands of other people, running for various charities, all with their own challenges and all running for their own reasons and together we will complete 26.2 amazing miles around London.....I don't know whether to feel excited, nervous or scared, but this is my next step, my next challenge to prove to myself and everyone that ANYONE can run. [/p][p]If you have managed to get to the end of my blurb then it's time to tell you about the charity I am raising for and the great work they do with children and young people.[/p][p]Youth Sports Trust are "a national charity passionate about creating a brighter future for all children and young people through the power of sport". By introducing professional sports people and mentors into schools and providing them with workshops that look at promoting three main areas, Wellbeing, Leadership and Achievement.[/p][p]They acknowledge the importance of PE and school sports to inform young people of a healthy lifestyle for both body and mind, how to work as a team and how to take on roles within that team and also how to set targets and work hard to achieve them. The work of the Youth Sport Trust also focuses on inclusion and promoting good mental health.[/p][p]For more information visit youthsporttrust.org [/p][p]Any donation is welcomed, this is going to be a hard few months of training, but luckily I have one of my amazing friends training alongside me who is running the marathon too! [/p][p]Thats all for now.....hope you got to the end, and if you see me out pounding the pavements, give me a honk for encouragement, I'm doing this for all the chubby mummies out there, if I can do it so can you! ??[/p]

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Last lot of offline donations! Thank you everyone xx




Didn't realise you were fundraising! Good luck... tomorrow. SMASH IT!

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Good luck Nic. I'm sure you will smash it.

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Good luck and best wishes. Sal & Ian xx

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Tina Edwards

You are doing great, an inspiration!

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Wishing you all the best for next weekend! You are both awesome xx

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Thank you Dave and Gwen



Jenna Bobby and Grace

Good Luck!

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Come on Charlie let's get there!!!

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