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Spencer Smith

Smudge's Marathon and a half Challenge

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My story

[p]In May/June 2017 I ran 2 half marathons in 2 weeks for 2 charities, both in my fire kit. Thanks to people’s generosity I raised over [b]£800[/b]! To say I was overwhelmed is an understatement. Not long after completing the first half marathon, I was looking ahead to the next challenge I could do to again raise money for charity. I knew that I wanted to raise money in my Grandad’s memory, given I’d honoured my Nan’s memory last year. I also knew that I would have to try and up the challenge, so I’ve chosen to run my first ever [b]full[/b] marathon and as if that isn’t tough enough, I will again be running in fire kit…[b]BUT[/b] that’s not all! I’m also going to be wearing a breathing apparatus set on my back! This means an additional weight of approximately 25 kg (4 stone) combined. This will be an epic challenge, but it doesn’t compare to the challenges other people have to deal with in life. The charities I’m running for make an incredible difference to people in times of need and I’m hopeful that a good amount of money can be raised for these chosen charities, which are: [/p][p][b]Cancer Research[/b][/p][p]I sadly lost my Grandad when I was 8 years old, to cancer. I have fond memories of holidays with him and my Nan and I was very lucky to have this true gentleman as my grandad. He was a joker and full of fun. He loved his football (although he did support Port Vale!) and won many a trophy playing skittles. In his memory I am raising money for cancer research. They receive no government funding and it’s been thanks to people’s generosity that they’ve helped to double survival rates in just 40 years. [/p][p][b][b]Cardiac Risk in the Young (C-R-Y)[/b][/b][/p][p]I am raising money for the Cardiac Risk in the Young to help fund raise in memory of Mark Hancock, who sadly passed away on 24th February 2015, aged just 47. Mark was a fellow firefighter within Staffordshire Fire and Rescue; he was also a keen cyclist. Unfortunately I’m not a cyclist so I have not been able to take part in the memorial fund raising rides that have taken place in Mark’s memory. These rides have raised enough money to provide four local cardiac screening sessions. There have also been other fundraising events held that have helped raise much needed funds for this great cause.[/p][p][b]Peter Pan Centre[/b][/p][p]The Peter Pan Centre provides specialist care to children with special needs and support to their families. The original playgroup was founded in 1969 and has been based at the newly built premises in May Bank since 2011. There is no statutory provision for children with special needs under the age of 5, which is why their service is vital. Their aim is to maximise the potential of children with special needs. They rely completely on the local community and companies for funds, as they receive no government funding. I have had the privilege of being shown around the centre and seeing first-hand the amazing work the staff does and just how happy the children who attend are. [/p][p][b]The Donna Louise Starlight Fund[/b][/p][p]Sadly last year two of my friends lost their son to sepsis; he was only 2 years old. He had been suffering from chicken pox, but seemed to be on the road to recovery. He tragically passed away 2 hours after arriving at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. As a father what happened truly made me sad, and as their friend equally so. I spoke to Rob and Lynette about raising money in Oscar’s memory and they told me about the Starlight fund that has been set up in his memory. This will help to support the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice in his honour. [/p][p]Here’s the deal, the marathon will take place in [b]Liverpool on Sunday 20th May 2018[/b] and in addition I will also be running the [b]Potters ‘Arf[/b] [b]on Sunday 10th June 2018[/b] both races will be ran in fire kit and with the breathing apparatus set! [/p][p][b][u]IMPORTANT UPDATE[/u][/b]: As I have no reached over £200 I will now also be running the [b]Newcastle 10k on Sunday 15th April 2018[/b] in fire kit and with the breathing apparatus set.[/p][p]As ever any donations, no matter how big or small, will be greatly appreciated.[/p][p]Thanks for your support in advance [/p][p][br][/p][p][b][u]Update as of 6th April 2018[/u][/b]: Just over a week to go until the 1st race! Training is going well. The other week I ran a 5k park run in the morning in full kit (with my beautiful daughter running too) and then later that afternoon a half marathon distance, this was done without kit. Focus at the moment will be on next Sundays race (the Newcastle 10k) which will hopefully go well and more importantly injury free! Then it will be time to get in the zone to concentrate on the mammoth task of the marathon on the 20th May (just 6 weeks away!!!) donations have been coming in thick and fast the past couple of days and I am immensely grateful to all who have donated so far! I've a radio interview on the 24th May with Seabridge School Radio; this will be conducted by the pupils there and I am highly excited about this! May have another couple of things in the pipeline also, so watch this space![/p][p][br][/p][p][b][u]Update as of 17th April 2018[/u][/b]: The 1st race has been completed, this was the Newcastle 10k which I finished 1 hour 1 minute and 29 seconds, I had hoped for a sub 1; but I'm pleased with the time. Just over 3 weeks for the marathon now! This is where the training will intensify! Thanks to everyone who has supported and donated, it is all very much appreciated![/p]
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Jun 14, 2018

Andrew Lees

Well done Spencer!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Jun 11, 2018


Well done! - Charlie (spectator)

£3.60 plus £0.90 Gift Aid

Jun 10, 2018

Rob Windsor

Well done Spence. Amazing job.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 10, 2018

Tracy Hall

Congratulations Spencer on your achievment.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jun 8, 2018


Well done Spence! Really great efforts - Mr Blood

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jun 1, 2018


I'm very proud of the HARD work your doing Daddy. Love from Isla xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

£2.50 plus £0.63 Gift Aid

Jun 1, 2018

Pete Owen

Well done, Spencer. I salute your indefatigability!

£26.00 plus £6.50 Gift Aid

May 31, 2018


Well done mate - Andy Fox-Hewitt

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 25, 2018

Nathan Moore

Well done pal and top work! Proud of you

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 23, 2018


Great achievement, well done! From Vanessa (fellow runner in the race)

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