Stuart’s Marathon

In February 2016 I had a free health check at work, I was 38 at the time, had two young children and despite being active in my younger years I had started making excuses for my lack of exercise and unhealthy lifestyle. The results of my health check were shocking and were the kick start that I needed to change things around. I decided to take up running and that weekend I ran 5km and nearly threw up. Gradually though I built up my fitness, started to enjoy running and lost 3 stone in weight. I needed motivation though to keep going and so I started to enter races, I was never going to win but I enjoyed the buzz of the events, meeting new people and the sense of achievement when I crossed the finish line. In 2017 I decided to enter the Yorkshire Marathon which took place the month before I turned 40. The hours of training were tough, as was the 26.2 miles on the day itself but I survived and in April 2018 I ran the Blackpool Marathon as well. Since then I have run at numerous events including twice at Endure24, which does what it says on the tin, you have 24 hours to run as far as you can on your own or in teams. I originally entered Manchester Marathon for 2020 but it was postponed twice due to the pandemic, things are looking better for October this year and I am already looking forward to running. I wanted to raise funds for the Carers Service as in the last few years my mum became my dad’s carer when he was diagnosed with dementia. Both of them received tremendous support from carers groups and despite my dad passing away last year my mum still has ongoing support which is fantastic and so this is about me giving something back

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