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Simon James Vaisey

50 Marathon Events in 50 Weeks- RUN50

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]SIMONS RUN50 challenge [/p][p]Instagram- simonsaysrun50 [/p][p]40 marathon events down, 10 to go![/p][p]Next stop- 100k (65 miles) from Watlington to Stonehenge...[/p][p]Hi, my name is Simon James Vaisey, before I decided to start this challenge I had only ran 1 marathon and 3 half marathons. [/p][p]I've been thinking about doing a challenge like this for a few years now and this year just seems the best time to do it. So what am I doing? I am running 50 Marathon events in 365 days covering 1,179 miles for a great charity- Samaritans. The start will be in Surrey on September the 9th 2018 and will end August 2019. I will run all over the UK as well as in Poland, Malta, Gran Canaria and Denmark, raising money for Mental Health. [/p][p][u]50 Marathon Events? (40 marathons, and 10 half marathons) [/u][/p][p]“Are you mad?”, you might be asking. [/p][p]Every so often an idea can come in to your mind and you can’t let it go. This has been one of those ideas. It’s an idea I will be putting into action come September 9th 2018, where I will run the first of fifty marathon events.[/p][p]It won’t just be about running a marathon or a half though. Some might think that a long distance event is predominantly a physical challenge, but as any seasoned marathoner would know, it is very much the mental battle that you face. These long distance events will hopefully take me on journeys where I tackle challenges I would never have dreamed of facing, as well as raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing for everyone, letting each individual know that you can break through any barrier that you feel might be in your way. [/p][p][br][/p][p][u]Why now?[/u][/p][p]I think it’s time that mental health is talked about more openly. From recent events of celebrities and normal people like me and you struggling to come to terms with mental health I think it’s important to spread awareness that’s it’s okay not to be okay. [/p][p][br][/p][p]However, through first-hand experience I can vouch for those who don’t seek help, especially us boys and men, it’s sometimes hard to talk especially with the stigma around sharing feelings which sometimes may cause embarrassment and lack of understanding. However, there are a mass of charities and organisations changing this, as well as individuals (such as writer Matt Haig) who are using their voices shout about these issues. [/p][p][br][/p][p]Through my hopeful completion of 50 marathon events, I hope that my efforts can support the implementation of a more rigorous support network for young people in our schools, colleges and universities. After all, 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems are not given appropriate intervention. Does that seem fair?[/p][p]Why Samaritans? [/p][p]Samaritans provides a service that offers emotional support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This can be support for anyone experiencing feelings of distress or just want to unload their feelings on someone. This support systems ultimately aims to reduce the cases of suicides each year! As an organisation, it has a great team of thousands of volunteers and relies on donations to continue to offer free support and a free phone line. In short your donation is ultimately saving someone’s life.[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]
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Supporters

Jul 14, 2019

Sophie A

Amazing effort keep going!!!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jun 28, 2019

Watson family - Gilbert and co

Super impressive Simon - keep going and well done!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jun 28, 2019

The Bonney family

Well done ‘ Mr Daisy’!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jun 24, 2019

Freya

£5.00

Jun 24, 2019

Joe

Unbelievable what you're doing mate! Keep moving.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 23, 2019

Matt Boffin

Keep it up champ

£10.00

Jun 23, 2019

Adela and Ed

Jun 13, 2019

Rachael

Hi Simon, I ran with you for a bit at the Yeovil Marathon. Nice to meet you. Good luck with the rest of your challenge!

£10.00

May 31, 2019

Sara

Thanks for having fun with us in our Challenge Zone at the Virgin Money London Marathon Running Show

£5.00

May 30, 2019

Ryan

Taps Henley half donations

£350.00 plus £87.50 Gift Aid