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Neilon Pitamber

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<p>Hi, thanks for visiting my page. Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. 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. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.</p> <p>Water isn't particularly exciting but it is one of the most fundamental resources we need to live. Even today too many people don't have access to clean, useable water. A &pound;15 donation is enough to give access to one person in Asia or Africa to this basic and&nbsp;necessary&nbsp;service.</p> <p><strong>The real reason I'm running the Brighton Marathon</strong></p> <p style="margin-right: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-top: 0.5em; margin-bottom: 1em; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 12px; text-align: justify;">OK, so the real reason I&rsquo;m running the marathon is that when I was 13 the specialist said that I should never run and that I could end up paralysed just by running for the bus. Pretty much from that point it&rsquo;s been at the back of my mind as an impossible goal that some day I&rsquo;d like to conquer. I was never sure it would ever be possible.</p> <p style="margin-right: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-top: 0.5em; margin-bottom: 1em; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 12px; text-align: justify;">Pain may be a constant in my life, but I can certainly run. It&rsquo;s been an emotional journey for me. Running with music affects me even more. Right from week 1 of training, just about every run I do is the longest I&rsquo;ve ever run.</p> <p style="margin-right: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-top: 0.5em; margin-bottom: 1em; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 12px; text-align: justify;">As challenging and emotional as this marathon is for me, I still consider myself beyond privileged to have access to clean water from any tap. It&rsquo;s a clich&eacute;, but many around the world are not so lucky. Today 4,000 children will die from drinking dirty water.</p> <p><strong>Personal trainer throws out running shoes for marathon</strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Personal trainer Neilon Pitamber will be running the Brighton Marathon <span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.brightonmarathon.co.uk/">http://www.brightonmarathon.co.uk/</a></span></span> in April 2011 &ndash; and his first step was to throw out his running shoes.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Neilon (37), from Osmond Road in Hove, will be adopting barefoot running techniques and wearing a pair of minimalist Vibram Fivefingers&reg; <span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.vibramfivefingers.it/eng/default.aspx">http://www.vibramfivefingers.it/eng/default.aspx</a></span></span>, the shoe designed to help people walk and run the way nature intended.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Barefoot running and minimalist shoes are becoming more popular with people looking for elegant simplicity in an increasingly complex age &ndash; in much the same way that single speed bicycles have enjoyed a surge in popularity.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><strong>Why barefoot?</strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Neilon said: &ldquo;To me it feels more natural and safer than running long distances in conventional running shoes. It seems to me that many ailments that afflict runners &ndash; like overpronation, tendonitis of the Achilles tendon, knee issues, shin splints and collapsed arches &ndash; can be linked to wearing modern running shoes.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">&ldquo;I&rsquo;m not an experienced runner &ndash; I&rsquo;m effectively starting my training from scratch &ndash; so I thought I might as well do it &lsquo;barefoot&rsquo;.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">&ldquo;I know wearing a pair of Vibram Fivefingers&reg; isn&rsquo;t really going barefoot but I&rsquo;m taking the coward&rsquo;s way out &ndash; at least for my first marathon! It takes a long time to toughen up your feet safely and you never know what you&rsquo;re going to tread on &ndash; or in! And anyway, it&rsquo;s cold out there.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">&ldquo;But even wearing something as minimal as the Fivefingers&reg; has its disadvantages. I lose a little proprioception &ndash; awareness of how my body is functioning &ndash; and it takes a little longer to pick up the subconscious signals telling me how to place my feet and deal with different surfaces.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve only been out for a few runs in my Fivefingers&reg; so far but I can already feel new muscles working and I&rsquo;ve noticed that my right foot &ndash; which has always pointed slightly outwards &ndash; has straightened up.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">&ldquo;For me, barefoot running has many potential benefits. Greater awareness and &lsquo;body intelligence&rsquo; bring about a more balanced use of muscles and joint alignment with proper distribution of forces, preventing injury and making the activity more enjoyable and challenging.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">&ldquo;Rather than slapping along like ducks, runners should aim to be a bit more gazelle-like.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><strong>Starting gently</strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Although barefoot running is what our bodies were designed for, a lifetime of wearing shoes means you can&rsquo;t expect instant results. Neilon said: &ldquo;If you&rsquo;re interested in trying out barefoot running the trick is to start very gently. Begin with very short runs &ndash; much shorter than you might be used to &ndash; and build up from there.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">&ldquo;The barefoot running gait is very different. You should aim to be landing somewhere between the forefoot and mid-foot &ndash; not on the heel. The feet land under the body rather than in front, where they actually act as a brake. The trick is to lean forward at the hips slightly, keeping the body straight, and to pull the legs back and up rather than lifting your knees in front of you.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><strong>Holistic health</strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Neilon believes in looking at the big picture when it comes to health and fitness. He said: &ldquo;As a personal trainer I like to take a holistic view. I'm interested in overall health and wellness, not just a single-minded fixation on one goal to the detriment of other areas of fitness and wellbeing.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">&ldquo;In my book, wellbeing means feeling good, happy, prosperous, joyful, driven, satisfied and willing to embrace challenges.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">&ldquo;And when it comes to fitness, taking the holistic view means considering strength, speed, agility, flexibility, power, accuracy, endurance, balance, stamina, and coordination. And my approach also includes short and long-term health, how free of injuries you are, how much enjoyment and happiness you feel in your life, your work/life balance, your social life, your effectiveness at work and so on.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">There&rsquo;s no need to sign up for expensive gym membership to benefit from Neilon&rsquo;s expertise. As a registered Workout at Home <span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.workoutathome.co.uk/">http://www.workoutathome.co.uk/</a></span></span> trainer he&rsquo;ll train you in the comfort of your own home if that&rsquo;s what you prefer.</p> <h2 class="western">Further information</h2> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Contact Neilon: <span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="mailto:pt@neilon.co.uk">pt@neilon.co.uk</a></span></span> or 07956 200 273</p> <h2 class="western">Links</h2> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Neilon PT<br /><span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://neilon.co.uk/" target="_new">http://neilon.co.uk</a></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Follow Neilon on Twitter<br />@neilonpt</p> </li> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Workout at home<br /><span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.workoutathome.co.uk/">http://www.workoutathome.co.uk/</a></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Harvard professor Daniel Lieberman on the benefits of barefoot running<br /><span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jrnj-7YKZE&amp;NR=1">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jrnj-7YKZE&amp;NR=1</a></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Vibram Fivefingers&reg;<br /><span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.vibramfivefingers.it/eng/default.aspx">http://www.vibramfivefingers.it/eng/default.aspx</a></span></span></p> </li> </ul>

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Apr 17, 2011

Anonymous

£50.00

Apr 14, 2011

Nic L

Well done, you earned every penny of this.

£1.80 plus £0.45 Gift Aid

Apr 13, 2011

Tia Butt

Well done to you and your blisters. x

£20.00

Apr 13, 2011

Anonymous

well done and now for nesx year

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 12, 2011

Anonymous

Well done

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Apr 12, 2011

Anonymous

good work fella!

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Apr 11, 2011

Charlotte

A deal is a deal... :)

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 11, 2011

Muki

Great Job Mr. Pitamber, what a great day for you!! Now onwards to the next challenge! Mukix

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Apr 11, 2011

Margaret Rosenfield

Good luck and well done

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Apr 11, 2011

Nick G

Well done!

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