After those initial few 10 minute runs, I thought I would try and go further and with each run, added an extra road or two and before I knew it I could run up to 6 miles. Signed up for my first 10K and then a half marathon in 2014.

I felt a great sense of achievement, running wasn’t about the finish time, just about a personal goal and reaching it.

Then came the fundraising, volunteering, in recent years, I had signed up to a number of things, Macmillan for the 10K, a few cake sales and helping as a class rep for the School PTA. Then the opportunity was there to be Chair of the PTA as no-one else wanted to do it. I thought could I? Yes I could!

It was a hard grind, I really felt the pressure and left my running shoes gathering dust as all my free time was filled up by this all consuming volunteering role.

So I needed a New Years resolution to kick start 2015, this saw me signing up to a Marathon. Could I run that far? Could I run again at all? Could I do this and my volunteering too. Yes. I resolved to join my local gym, get out running and also put my name down for the Silverstone half in March. The PTA and my life of volunteering needed to fit into my life, around my day job, not compromise my family life and my running.

I did it! And so glad I did. I learned so much over that time, how to organise events and manage, local networking and met so many fabulous people.

2016, signed up to a couple of running events, nothing much planned. Then 1st February 2016, an email out of the blue from the RSPCA UK changed everything. A place in the London Marathon, my first thoughts were not of 26.2 miles again but how to raise £2000 in less than 3 months! But I loved every minute of it.

What next, can I write a blog? Yes I can. TheRunningFundraiser was born.

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