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Peter Travis

My first marathon supporting Socks and Chocs

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][b]Fundraising for 'Socks and Chocs' [/b][/p][p][i]'Socks and Chocs' aim to relieve hardship and distress among homeless people and among those in need who are living in adverse housing conditions. They provide essential items such as bedding, toiletries and clothing and help with essential health needs which are not readily accessible such as foot care. They also fund short term emergency accommodation, particularly during the cold weather.[/i][/p][p][b]My challenge[/b][/p][p]Exercise and I never really hit it off. For 60 years I either avoided it at all costs or took part half heartedly. Gyms? Yeah tried that but hated the rowing machine. Swimming? Have never been able to tread water and only ever managed a width. Cycling? Not bad but not fond of sharing the road with motorists.[/p][p]Then a friend recommended parkruns and one Saturday morning in July 2018 I set off - without a great deal of enthusiasm - to Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham for my first ever proper run. [/p][p]Having just turned 60 and having only ever run to catch a bus, I wasn't expecting to break any records and knew Mo Farrah had nothing to worry about. But to my absolute astonishment and joy I got round the 5k run without stopping. More than that, the atmosphere was incredible and by the end I was totally sold on doing more. [/p][p]To cut a long story short, I've became a runner. I've joined a fantastic running club, (Kings Heath Running Club) I run 3 or 4 times a week, and I've slowly got better. I've completed a few 10k runs and my greatest achievement to date has been the Birmingham Half Marathon. [/p][p]I'm now looking forward to something I never, in my wildest dreams, thought I'd ever be saying - running a full marathon, the Manchester Marathon on April 7th 2019. I'm not sure if I'll be able to do it without walking part of the way round, but I'll certainly be giving it a go. [/p][p]This is my first personal fundraising campaign and I've selected 'Socks and Chocs' to sponsor because of the tremendous help they give to the homeless. [/p][p]I'm also hoping the support I receive for 'Socks and Chocs' from people like you will be added encouragement and supply a little more fuel to these 61 year old legs![/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]

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Apr 9, 2019

Fox Hollies Forum Visitors

Thanks to visitors to Fox Holies Forum for the individual donations totalling £22. This was the magic donation that took me above £500!


Apr 7, 2019

Lisa M

Well done Pete!!! Well deserved xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 7, 2019

Kate Johnson

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 7, 2019


Well done Pete! Proud of you!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 6, 2019

Abi Norman

GO GO GO Pete, you’re going to be amazing! Enjoy your big day and be proud of everything you’ve achieved - you’ve done so well! X

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Apr 5, 2019


Good luck Peter. You've trained so hard for this and I know you'll smash it. Enjoy every moment!! xxxx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 5, 2019


Good luck dad love you x


Apr 5, 2019

Dave swingle

Good Luck

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 5, 2019


Well done on the training and all the very best, enjoy it!! Great choice of charity too :)

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 5, 2019


All the best Peter, I'm sure you'll love every step!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid