Sean Connelly

Sean Connelly

Sean Connelly's fundraising page

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Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][span=font-size: 9pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;][b]UPDATE:[/b][/span][/p][p][span=font-size: 9pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;][b]The good news is that I successfully finished the 2016 London Marathon on Sunday in a time of 03:25:49 which I am very pleased with.[/b][/span][/p] [p][span=font-size: 9pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;][b]I had an amazing day. The whole event was very well organised and executed and the support from the crowds was simply stunning! For the whole 26.2 miles they made so much noise cheering and shouting our names, I know I would have struggled so much more if it wasn’t for their support.[/b][/span][/p] [p][b][span=font-size: 9pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;]Waiting at the start I did get cold quite quickly but once we were on the move I seemed fine and despite 30 seconds of hail and the occasional northerly wind when we turned a corner I think it was pretty much close to ideal running conditions. First few miles were busy but I soon settled in to a pace I felt comfortable with (7:45 a mile maybe quicker) which I think was due to the fact that the course has very few hills.....well only the odd incline. I kept positive just enjoying the support from the crowd and ticking the miles off as they came. It was only at around 20-21 miles that I could see my pace had slowed to well over 8 minute miles. I had no real pain other than my knees were sore and legs were getting stiff. I pushed as hard as I could and could barely manage any form of sprint finish but was so glad to cross the line. That is when it hit me, I felt so cold, so stiff and physically sick. I couldn’t bend to try and doing any stretching without a muscle cramping including my stomach. Luckily Louise was soon on hand to provide support and warm clothes.[/span][/b][/p] [p][span=font-size: 9pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;][b]Something to eat and drink followed by a quick leg massage courtesy of the good people of the Stroke Association I soon felt well enough to head back to the hotel to hot bath and a proper meal.[/b][/span][/p] [p][span=font-size: 9pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;][b]I am amazed I managed to finish the course and in such a respectable time. I feel I have achieved something great and will always treasure the memory and the medal J I also feel proud to have done this for my Dad and for the Stroke Association raising over £1000 (including gift aid) due to your very kind generosity so I really do mean thank you very much![/b][/span][/p] [p][span=font-size: 9pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;][b]I also couldn’t have done it without the support from Louise who has put up with all my training these last 5 months and then on the day. She battled the cold and the congested public transport system to see me off at the start; to see me pass under London Bridge and then to pick me up off the floor at the finish.[/b][/span][/p] [p][span=font-size: 9pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;][b]I can now start my recovery phase which may take a while as every muscle in my legs are still sore to the touch and my knees really don’t like anything that involves bending especially going down the slightest of incline let alone stairs![/b][/span][/p] [p][b][span=font-size: 9pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;]Thank you again for your support![/span][/b][/p] [p][span=font-size: 9pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;][b]Sean[/b][/span][/p][p][span=font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;]Hi Everyone[/span][/p][lt]p style="margin-top: 10.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: 10.0pt; margin-left: 0cm;"[gt][span=font-size: 9.5pt; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";]Thank you for visiting my fundraising page.[/span][/p] [lt]p style="margin-top: 10.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: 10.0pt; margin-left: 0cm;"[gt][span=font-size: 9.5pt; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";]Since running my first 10K nearly 16 years ago, I had always wondered whether I could run a marathon or not, after all, 26.2 miles is a long way! I decided to go for it, and chose the London Marathon. Then, having tried and failed twice to get a place in the ballot entry, I got lucky when my name was one of three pulled out of a hat to run for the Macclesfield Harriers in 2016.[/span][/p] [lt]p style="margin-top: 10.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: 10.0pt; margin-left: 0cm;"[gt][span=font-size: 9.5pt; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";]H[lt]a name="_GoBack"[gt][lt]/a[gt]aving now got in, I want to make the most of this opportunity by raising money for a good cause. There are so many out there but this year has a special significance for me as it is 10 years since my Dad died following a severe stroke. So I have decided to dedicate my run to his memory and fundraise for the[b] Stroke Association[/b]. Every year there are about 152,000 strokes in the UK. Thanks to improvements to stroke care you are twice as likely to survive a stroke than 20 years ago, however stroke remains the UK's third biggest killer.*[/span][/p] [lt]p style="margin-top: 10.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: 10.0pt; margin-left: 0cm;"[gt][span=font-size: 9.5pt; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";]During my early years of running (mainly in the Great North Run) my Dad was always supportive and interested to know how I was doing. I owe him so much for being the person I am today and I know he would be very proud of my taking part in this event. So it will be a very emotional day in many ways, especially at the start line in Greenwich, as that was where he was born.[/span][/p] [lt]p style="margin-top: 10.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: 10.0pt; margin-left: 0cm;"[gt][span=font-size: 9.5pt; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";]Please help me make this as memorable a day as possible and make a difference to others by raising as much money as I can for the Stroke Association, for the fantastic work they do supporting stroke victims and families, and for my Dad.[/span][/p] [lt]p style="margin-top: 10.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: 10.0pt; margin-left: 0cm;"[gt][span=font-size: 9.5pt; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";]Thank you for taking the time to read this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/span][/p] [lt]p style="margin-top: 10.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: 10.0pt; margin-left: 0cm;"[gt][span=font-size: 9.5pt; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";]Kind Regards[/span][/p] [lt]p style="margin-top: 10.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: 10.0pt; margin-left: 0cm;"[gt][span=font-size: 9.5pt; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";]Sean[/span][/p] [lt]p style="margin-top: 10.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: 10.0pt; margin-left: 0cm;"[gt][i][span=font-size: 9.5pt; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";]Through Virgin Money Giving, any donations will be quickly processed and passed directly to the charity. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this.[/span][/i][/p] [lt]p style="margin-top: 10.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: 10.0pt; margin-left: 0cm;"[gt][i][span=font-size: 8.0pt; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";]*Stroke Association website[/span][/i][/p]

Supporters


Jun 13, 2016

Sean

Off line donations....

£40.00

plus £10.00 Gift Aid


Jun 3, 2016

Anonymous


Jun 3, 2016

Me

Just rounding things up.....well done me :)

£27.80

plus £6.95 Gift Aid


Apr 27, 2016

Tracie Preston

Well done Sean! Tracie Preston x

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Apr 27, 2016

Anonymous

Well done Sean, awesome time for a circuit training boy!!

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Apr 26, 2016

Colin Higginson

Well done Sean, that's some achievement

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Apr 26, 2016

Daine

Well Done Sean, from all at 2 Magpies

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Apr 25, 2016

Anonymous

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Apr 25, 2016

IVAN

I hope the race went well!!

£40.00


Apr 24, 2016

Anonymous

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid

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