Sunday, 30 September 2012

Introducing Vikki’s Charity Challenge 2013!

Hello blog, how are you? Long time no see. Sorry about that. Anyway welcome (back) one and all. For any new readers or for those who forgot, this blog was started back in 2009 to document my training and progress towards a charity challenge I carried out in 2010 of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. That particular event feels like a lifetime ago now! The title of this post suggests something new is planned but before I get into details let me set out a few background details.
·        After Kilimanjaro my posts petered out and I took a break from running almost completely for six months to concentrate on completing an OU qualification and now despite having joined a running club , been running, climbing and taking part in races for the better part of a year I don’t feel I ever quite regained that level of fitness.
·         I’d like that level of fitness again.
·         Despite having entered many races that I could have fundraised for I’m very aware that there’s such a thing as fundraising fatigue and I am just not comfortable asking people for money continually, especially for small targets. I prefer to do things BIG.
This brings me on nicely to the main subject of this post. I feel enough time has passed that I can embark on a new charity challenge which will test (and hopefully improve) my fitness whilst raising awareness and funds for a cause I am particularly keen to support.
In 2013 I want to raise £3,000 for the Scleroderma Society by completing a series of events.
Scleroderma is a group of rare, chronic and progressive autoimmune diseases.  It causes inflammation and scarring, which eventually leaves skin thickened, muscles weakened and organs damaged. It can be difficult to diagnose and there’s no cure as yet. My aunt has been diagnosed with Scleroderma and I was ashamed to not have heard of it before so as well as raising funds for the charity I also want to raise awareness.

The events I have chosen to complete as part of this fundraising challenge will be
  1. Paris Half Marathon (TBC)
  2. London Marathon
  3. Tough Mudder
  4. Eton Sprint Triathlon
  5. Great London Swim (TBC)
It may seem like a bit of a mash of things but I’ve chosen these particular events in part because they’re difficult (for me at least) in their own right and also because I’ve been toying with completing most of them for some time. Doing them for charity provides me with the “now or never” push I need.
So between now and June 2013 I will be posting more information about the disease and the charity, details of my training and how it’s going, updates on my fundraising  and ways for you to get involved as well as more details about each event; my reasons for choosing them and reviews of how they went.
I’m incredibly excited about this challenge and more than a little bit scared but I look forward to sharing my journey with you.
I have a Just Giving page to allow everyone and anyone who is inspired by what I am doing to donate any money they can to The Scleroderma Society. 

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