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Running the London Marathon

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Dearest all,[/p][p]As some of you may know on 22nd April this year I will be joining a 40,000 strong army of runners that includes our very own Mo Farrah, to run 26.2 miles across London. This is the most popular marathon on the planet with a record number of people signing up for this year (253,930!) and it will be my first ever marathon. (I'm starting to feel the nerves!) I'm very proud that I'm one of the lucky ones who managed to secure a spot in such an iconic race that takes place in my home city. [/p][p][b][i]But to earn my spot I need to raise money for The Royal Parks charity [/i][/b]who I'll be running for on the day. I've chosen to run for this charity for many reasons. First and foremost, the Royal Parks are in my opinion, some of London's greatest treasures. They represent eight of London’s largest open spaces; Hyde, The Green, Richmond, Greenwich, St James’s, Bushy and The Regent’s Parks, and Kensington Gardens. (The Royal Parks charity also looks after other important open spaces in the capital including Grosvenor Square Garden, Brompton Cemetery, Victoria Tower Gardens, Canning Green and Poet’s Corner.) [/p][p][b]Why The Royal Parks?[/b][/p][p]The Royal Parks provide me and millions of others with a beautiful space to run, walk, play, party, picnic, connect with nature, destress, swim, socialise and snooze in! I mean I'm not sure that there's anything these parks don't offer! I'm grateful every single day for the slices of serenity that are the Royal Parks and without them, London would be half the city it is and its slickers half the people they are. The parks also have hundreds of buildings, statues, and memorials, which all tell a story and give enriching insight into London's heritage. [/p][p]The RPs provide a place of solstice for many people struggling through hard times. “Stress” has been dubbed the “Health Epidemic of the 21st Century” by the World Health Organization and costs businesses billions of pounds a year. The effect of stress on our emotional and physical health can be devastating. Studies show that one of the best remedies for stress is to be in nature. Being in a park, garden or amongst many trees is great for your mental wellbeing and your physical wellbeing. “Nature can be beneficial for mental health. It reduces cognitive fatigue and stress and can be helpful with depression and anxiety.”, says Irina Wen, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and clinical director of the Steven A. Military Family Clinic at [url=http://nyulangone.org/]NYU Langone Medical Center[/url]. [/p][p]Next time you're in one of the Royal Parks, take a look around and notice the many different kinds of people around you. The Royal Parks welcome everyone, everyday of the year and there is no discrimination or fee to enter. It's a place where everyone is free to be themselves. And no matter who you are, after you visit one of the RPs you're guaranteed to leave feeling better.[/p][p]I'd hate to think where us Londoners would be without the RPs. BUT to keep these majestic spaces looking so magnificent takes a lot of work. [/p][p][b]That's where The Royal Parks charity comes in. It aims to achieve the following:[/b][/p][p]to protect, conserve, maintain and care for the Royal Parks, including their natural and designed landscapes and built environment, to a high standard consistent with their historic, horticultural, environmental and architectural importance;[/p][p]to promote the use and enjoyment of the Royal Parks for public recreation, health and well-being including through the provision of sporting and cultural activities and events which effectively advance the objects;[/p][p]to maintain and develop the biodiversity of the Royal Parks, including the protection of their wildlife and natural environment, together with promoting sustainability in the management and use of the Royal Parks;[/p][p]to support the advancement of education by promoting public understanding of the history, culture, heritage and natural environment of the Royal Parks and (by way of comparison) elsewhere;[/p][p]to promote national heritage including by hosting and facilitating ceremonies of state or of national importance within and in the vicinity of the Royal Parks.[/p][p][br][/p][p]So please, help keep these eight treasure troves and important open spaces intact and [b]donate. [/b]I need to raise £2000 to earn my right to run the marathon in April so please give where you can! It is all going to the RPs.[/p][p][b]As for how my training is going?![/b][/p][p]Well, I've always loved running and until now it's been kept as a hobby. Then, last year I thought it was time to push it. Time to get out of my comfort zone and see what would happen when I challenged myself and at the same time, raise money for an amazing cause. I remember listening to a TED talk entitled "We should aim for perfection and stop fearing failure" and it resonated a lot. Whilst I'm by no means aiming for perfection with this marathon (!) and I'm not afraid of failure, the heart of the talk is what spoke to me most. And that's, doing everything "averagely" is just not good enough. So no more average (runs) for me! Time to take part in something amazing that embodies so much of what I hold dear and that is distinctly not average! (In case you want to listen to the TED talk the link is below.)[/p][p][url=https://www.ted.com/talks/jon_bowers_we_should_aim_for_perfection_and_stop_fearing_failure][b]https://www.ted.com/talks/jon_bowers_we_should_aim_for_perfection_and_stop_fearing_failure[/b][/url][/p][p]I've been so inspired by the stories of many people running this year's marathon and I cannot wait to run alongside so many wonderful people and incredible causes. I know it will be a day I will never forget. Whatever support you can offer will mean everything to me and I will carry it through each mile.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Thank you![/p][p][br][/p][p]Much love,[/p][p][br][/p][p]Poppy [/p][p][img]https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif[/img][/p]

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Event

2018 Virgin Money London Marathon

2018 Virgin Money London Marathon

22 Apr 2018

Charity

The Royal Parks

The Royal Parks

Supporters

24-Feb-2018

Salma

Good luck Poppy, really inspiring! Xx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

21-Feb-2018

Arabella and Tom B

Go smash it Poppy

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

20-Feb-2018

Sophie Olly Octavia and Luna

Run like the wind Pops xxx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

27-Jan-2018

Jenna

Thanks for always being such a positive inspiration! Love you xo

18-Jan-2018

Staci

Get it rockstar!