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Priya Clarke

Running the 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]II’ll be brutally honest; running has never been my passion, and if you’d told me a year ago that I would be running the London Marathon, I wouldn’t have believed you, not in a million years! So as Winter turns to Spring, it should seem strange that I’m planning my runs and looking forward to clocking up almost 107 more miles in training! I’ve not got to this point on my own though. Along my journey I have acquired the support of a network of people who have helped me become physically, mentally and emotionally strong enough to run the 26.2 miles in April. I didn’t think I needed anyone to run, I mean how hard can it be…? You put one foot in front of the other, and off you go! But now I have a team of friends behind me making sure they can support me to continue if I have a wobble and if I’m unsure of my ability, they will push me to prove that I can do it. I have run parts of the Hertfordshire countryside that I didn’t know were round the corner, been asked to leave farmers’ fields I’ve accidentally gotten lost in and made friends through running races, helping others to achieve their personal best too.[/p][p]I’ve faced personal challenges over the last few months but I’ve got through them thanks to running and an amazing support network. Every time I thought I couldn’t, I pushed myself out and clocked in another mile, I visualised crossing the finishing line. It’s a huge feeling of achievement already! Making the decision to take myself out of my comfort zone was significant for me.[/p][p]My challenges pale in comparison though to those faced by the young people the Foundation supports. As I run I have found myself regularly considering the significance of support networks in all of our lives, networks that are so crucial to the success of care experienced and estranged students in Higher Education. We know that without a circle of support, relying on grit and determination alone, it can be so much more challenging to stay the course.[/p][p]That’s why I want to give the Foundation Scholars the opportunity to build these kind of support systems at university, to get them through the challenges they face. Everything we raise here will be going towards events and opportunities to build these vital social support networks. March will see me concentrate on my fundraising activity, pulling out all my favours, and baking as many cakes as humanly possible to make this a reality.”[/p][p][br][/p][p]Couch to 26.2 miles – Go Priya![/p][p][br][/p][p]Priya [/p]
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May 13, 2019


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 3, 2019


So proud of you evil twin!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 30, 2019


Hey Priya, I cant forget the amazing support you gave on my most memorable birthday . Smash all your goals you super woman . Cant wait to do another LSR with you :)


Apr 29, 2019

Rebecca Edwards (mile 24 buddy)

Priya I hope you remember me but we met at about mile 23-24. Its bec. We crossed the finish line together. I could not have done it without you. You are AMAZING!!! I would love to stay in touch. Rebeccamayedwards1@gmail.com well done superwoman. Xxx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2019

Prity Walters

You smashed it. Prity, Mark, Ryan and Nisha xxx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

Michelle mcavoy

Priya I will be waving frantically at around mile 18!!. You are truly inspiring and I hope you feel incredibly proud today! Enjoy it!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

Bhamen & Asha

All the best for the run!! Shame we are away this year for it. Sure u will smash it tho!

Apr 27, 2019

Bren & Dan

Such a fantastic effort Priya, best of luck for tomorrow. X

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 25, 2019

Angela Charles

Good luck Priya you can do it!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 25, 2019