Good news – I think I have managed to shake the worst of the cold/infection that I had. I am back at the running and I am hopeful for a good day on Sunday at the Inverness Half Marathon. I really just want to get going and run it now. The build up to this event has lasted so long that the excitement to get going is now very real.
I will be travelling up on Saturday with my two colleagues who are going to be running the event with me. We are staying in a guesthouse not too far from the start of the race and I am hoping that I can just dump the car there whilst we go and run the half marathon. It has been a good number of years since I participated in an organised running event like this and I am slightly apprehensive about it in a way. But ultimately I am looking forward to taking part and hopefully helping to raise some more money for Cancer Research UK. Fundraising is slow at times however I know if we keep plugging away then we will hit the target and help fund more vital life-saving research.
I have heard some people talk about how much money is spent on cancer research and is it good value for money? For me it most definitely is! I have seen the benefits of research – it has saved a number of members of my family ultimately. There are massive quantities of money invested into the research of cancer. But what we must always remember is that research is expensive. Developing and trialling new drugs is both expensive and takes significant amount of time to complete. The research into cancer over the last 40 years has been quite incredible and survival rates have been doubled in that time. I really want to help Cancer Research UK improve these survival rates even further. It may be some time off – but one day we really will beat cancer. The only thing that stands in our way is the funds to conduct the research and that is why I will continue to try and raise as much money as I physically can.
On Wednesday the 8th I was at Brechin High School giving a talk to the senior pupils about my fundraising. I talked to them for about 15 minutes covering all of the the different parts to my ambitions and the various challenges that I have planned for this year. They seemed to be fairly interested and listened to things I had to say which was really encouraging from my perspective. There was certainly a eureka moment when they realised that Mr Smith their teacher was in fact my dad. I also spoke about how cancer had effected my family and the very real understanding my family have of this disease. To me, my ambitions to raise £1 million are also about positivity as I am sure I have said before. This was really the key thing about my talk and that with a positive mind you can achieve any goal that you set for yourself. Hopefully I will be able to start visiting more schools and groups to continue to spread my message and speak about my fundraising in order to take it to a wider audience. That is the plan at least.
“Spread as much positivity as possible – that’s my goal” – Stephen Sutton
So a bag needs packed and the car could do with a little clean but otherwise I am all set to begin with my challenge for Cancer Research UK. It does feel like it has been a long time coming in many ways. But on the flip side the time has genuinely passed extremely quickly and I am sure the other events will be upon us before we know about it. In a way I underestimated just how much time I would spend planning each of the events that I am taking part in. It is easy to forget about the travel to and from the event, where you are going to stay and and all of the things that you need to take part. I think my planning skills are improving a little though and it is making that job slightly easier than it once was.
It is my intention to try and take plenty photos of the trip up to Inverness and hopefully some following the event. Thank you all for hanging with me over the last few months whilst I have looked into events and been organising for them. But now the start is upon us and I hope to get back into my munros and out cycling again in the coming weeks. The last few weeks I have focused solely on running with this event in mind and it will be good to get back into the other things that I enjoy. I suppose it’s an extra part of the challenge that I hadn’t really considered – how you have to train for the different disciplines. I know now that if I have been running constantly and jump back on my bike then it takes me a little while to adjust. It sounds strange and I certainly don’t forget how to ride my bike during those periods. But the muscles in my legs really know about it and they are pretty good at letting me know in turn!
The weather hasn’t been overly bad this past week but it certainly is not as good as it was in Madrid – if only I could go back! I doubt Madrid will be on the cards again before this summer but wouldn’t it be great to be able to get away to some sun every few weeks. Maybe I am asking for too much!
Check back to find out how I get on in Inverness and I will be sure to post some pictures of the event.
Many thanks as always,