So with January finally over, (the month seemed to last forever!) and all the promises of “new year starts” either beginning to bloom or now a mere faded thought, it’s not too late to challenge yourself or your business objectives to achieve new starts…
Our Projects Co-ordinator Jodie, is taking on a personal goal as she prepares to face the Virgin London Marathon in April 2018.
This has been a long term desire for Jodie, having been unsuccessful through the public ballot applications for more years than she can remember… but she didn’t give up dreaming of the Big Run and is delighted to have been accepted to take on the challenge with The Shooting Star Chase Charity team.
Shooting Star Chase* is a leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. Jodie was first introduced to the charity through a close friend who had the personal experience of the incredible support and care from St Christopher’s Children Hospice for her child a few years ago. When Jodie decided to go for a charity place to achieve her dream, there was no hesitation in who she should run for; Archie, his family and friends and the wonderful hospice.
With the Christmas season indulgencies out of the way, training is now in full force and we’ll be following Jodie’s Journey over the next couple of months…. see the blog below…
*Shooting Star Chase needs to raise £9 million every year to continue to provide families with much needed support in caring for life limited children. If you can give anything to support our brilliant Jodie and this amazing charity, then please do. Jodie’s Just Giving page can be found on this link
Jodie’s Journey Blog
Monday 23rd April;
So I did it!
I can’t thank everyone enough for their support both virtually and in person, all the messages of support really helped when things got a little tough towards the end.
It was incredibly hot, but my cheering party at various points throughout the 26.2 miles, were amazing, as well as all the people tracking me at home and willing me on.
It’s been 4 months of training (in all weathers!) and fundraising – all to cross that finish line and receive my medal!
Thank you to everyone that attended one of my events or has sponsored me, I am so proud to say that my fundraising total has now reached over £3000 for Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice
I will be keeping the fundraising page open for those who felt inspired by all the marathoners and would like to sponsor me and an amazing charity – please follow this this link; Jodies’ Just Giving Page
Not sure what I’m going to talk about for a while now!!!
Training is still on track and I’m still focused on the goal. My last long run was the Cranleigh 21; an open running event and recommended as a pre-London marathon event. 21 miles in the bag and I’m still in one piece!
Please click on the link here if you would like to sponsor me; Jodies’ Just Giving Page
More information on my new year challenge and running blog is below…
Friday 9th March; FUNdraising!!!!
An amazing evening of fundraising at the Curry & Quiz night… I can’t thank everyone enough for coming to the event, and for all those people who supported me on the night and in the build up, you’ve been a huge help in my challenge to raise much needed funds.
We made an incredible total of £1436.34 !!!
I’m delighted, as this means I have now exceeded my original target of £2000 and its great to know all this money will go towards supporting the brilliant work they do at Shooting Star Chase and will really make such a difference!
With less than 6 weeks of training left to go, and the target miles increased this week, I’ve also increased my challenge to raise more money for Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice to £3000
Long run Sunday and today I drafted in my support team!
Two lovely friends who ran with me in shifts over the 16 miles which meant the time whizzed by, and it made such a difference.
Katie and Mark were supported by Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice during the short and precious life of their little boy Archie. So, it’s in Archie’s memory and the knowledge that I am supporting a charity that makes such a positive difference to people’s life’s, that keeps me pounding the streets!
So Sunday’s aren’t all about the long run. This afternoon I was privileged to be invited for a tour of St Christopher’s Children’s Hospice with some of the other marathon runners.
I was a little apprehensive as the words Children and Hospice are not two words that sit together well, however, what we found was an extremely positive place, a place families can come and spend quality time together making memories. The hospice allows children to be children, whether it be in the pool, sensory room or soft play, the facilities and activities on offer are incredible. Paul, one of our marathon trainers, has been supported by Shooting Star Chase along with his son, for 9 years and in his chat he mentioned that simply the support network that being part of the Shooting Star Chase family gives him is priceless.
He accepts that his son is going to die and there is nothing he or anyone else can do about that, but being able to share and be a support for other families going through a similar experience is what keeps them all going. An afternoon that makes me even more determined to reach my fundraising target and to train hard and complete the marathon in April.
Friday 26th January; Long Run Day!
Today’s training was for an achievable but also challenging 10 miles to keep me on my running plan and target for 12 weeks’ time…. 22nd April is not looking too far away now! Looking forward to the spring weather and sunnier evenings too.
After dropping my daughter off at school I headed out for 7 miles over the common with my dog, Nero. He loves coming on the runs with me and it’s great to have the company, but worried about his legs more than mine, I dropped him home and then continued a further 3 miles back to where I left the car that morning.
Friday Feeling; fabulous and focused
Sunday 14th January;
Aside from parking disasters it was great running with #teamssc this morning around Richmond Park and getting a good solid 8 miles in the bag. Feeling strong!
There are around 58 runners within Team SSC (the charity running team name). A full range of runners; some are experienced runners, some train with running clubs, some who attend weekly park runs, some who are just starting out on their running journeys, but we all have the same purpose; to support each other, to run the best we can at VLM in April and to raise funds for a fantastic charity.
Eeek!! The training has started and so has the fundraising! Sponsorship is the most commonly used way to fundraise for the charity, but I’m aware that there are so many worthy charities all needing the pennies in our pockets to raise funds each year, so I’ve got do something a little extra!
I’ve arranged for a bit of fun for all my friends/family/colleagues to support the wonderful work Shooting Star Chase do.
My fundraising event is a Quiz & Curry evening on Friday 9th March@8pm in Milford Village. £15 per head which includes a delicious homemade curry, prizes for the winning team, fun games throughout the evening and guess “my finishing time” (please be kind!)
It’s going to be a great evening and lots of fun to bring everyone together all rooting for the same cause. Jodies’ Just Giving Page
New Year’s Day;a double Park Run day!
When many people are still in bed nursing a hangover I’m starting 2018 as I mean to go on and running two Parkruns!
The first one was at 9am followed by a quick drive across town for the second at 10am where I was joined by my two daughters.
Saturday mornings are dedicated to Parkruns and the community of fellow runners/joggers/walkers that support each other’s training and personal goals each week. Special mention here to all the other Frimley Flyers for their encouragement!
It’s a bit of a family affair for us, with me and my daughters, brother, sister in law and niece all regularly attending. For some it’s about the running and achieving a personal best, but for most of us it’s about the breakfast and a chat at the Café afterwards!
Sunday 27th December;
Almost Marathon year!!!
Christmas Day Park Run done…
Now back home to baste the turkey!
Merry Christmas all ….
Thursday 9th November 2017;
11th October 2017;
I am so happy to have just received this email! Finally, after unsuccessfully applying through the public ballot for more years than I can remember. This starts my journey to the London Marathon in support of the fantastic charity Shooting Star Chase children’s hospice.
There will be a lot of running and fundraising posts between now and the end of April!!
I’ll just pop the link here for now. Jodies’ Just Giving Page #TeamSSC