After growing up in a small English village, I now find myself working in a kitchen in the beautiful Austrian Alps. The last 29 years have been an adventure, one that was certainly full of ups and downs. After living the party lifestyle in Greece for years I found that I was not in the place that I wanted to be. With my continuous accidents and hospital trips I began to realise that it was time to start looking after myself. 2010 was the start of a long journey that has lead me to the person that I am today.
Flash forward to 2013, after moving back to England and my health and lifestyle improved immensely. I was sitting on the underground in London, reading the paper at 6am, and noticed an advert from a charity to run the London Marathon in a few months time. In my tired state I thought to myself “I can do that, it’s only a little bit of running!”, and before I knew it I had signed myself up to my first race. I was still living mainly on unhealthy food, but at least I was not hungover every day, and like many first time marathon runners I had never run further than to catch my train before! After raising over £1,000 for Spinal Research, and running the marathon in a very slow time of 6 and a half hours, I vowed never to run again, this hurts.
A few days later it had sunk in that the pain in my legs from running was the only reason why I did not want to run again and I decided I wanted to do more, I was hooked. Not on the running but on the excitement of it all, doing something good with my time, the energy of race day, and just as importantly the shiny medal you get at the end! Since then I have learnt more about the charity and what they stand for, the vital research which they fund into one day reversing paralysis. I have managed to raise over £10,000 in the last 5 years with the help of my friends and the great people who support me, and run many more races ranging from 5km to 100km!
Although I am still generally unhealthy, and have a nice belly to prove it! But now it is time for something big, something than I can never forget, something that can connect so many people, get the name of this amazing charity out to as many people as possible and hopefully raise a colossal amount of donations to help fund research for the coming years.