We've had a rest for ten months and I have to say it was a well earned and much needed break. Team Run 12 have kept in touch, and have always been the 'Team Run 12 Family'. Despite a few hundred miles being between some of us, we speak nearly daily and meet up regularly. Nothing much has changed since the last finish line in Portsmouth.
Now, nearly a year on Mark and I have taken the reigns and decided to bring Team Run 12 back on a much bigger scale and I would absolutely love if you (yes you, reading this!) would consider joining me. You can read more about that, a few paragraphs down (I-Spy the words '24-Hour and MUDDY)!
Since 2013, with the support of my amazing family and friends, we've raised over £37,428.45 (figure does not contain gift aid) for Breast Cancer Care, Cancer Research UK and CoppaFeel.
My intention, with the support of Mark, Meg, Ali and YOU, is to increase that figure to £100,000.
We will continue to raise money for Breast Cancer Care and CoppaFeel as they are two charities incredibly close to my heart. But we are also looking at selecting two further charities to benefit from just over £15,000 from us.
If you have a cause you feel we should be raising money for, please get in touch. I would like these charities to be able to restrict our funding so we can pay for something specific (for example, the redecoration of a teenage cancer ward or keeping a telephone line open to support those with mental health problems). To tell us about your charity, please click here.
Now, down to the muddy stuff!
To raise the first £15,000 towards our BIG £100k target, we are going to be taking part in a 24-Hour Run at the end of July 2016. We are looking to build a team of 32 runners to join us.
There are several elements to this so if you are a newbie runner (or don't even own a pair of trainers yet, don't switch off, this can work for you too) or a very experienced runner you can take part.
The requirements are as follows:
- You will be over the age of 18 by Saturday 23rd July 2016
- You can commit to running at least one 9km lap (that's it - just nine kilometers!) or up to 90km if you're crazy, like Mark and I.
- You're willing to raise a minimum of £500 towards our £100,000 target and cover your own entry fee and expenses for the event
We will be submitting several teams to the event (made up of our 32 runners) who will be lead by four team leaders - myself, Mark, Meg and Ali. As the race is a relay, no more than one person in each team can be on the course at any one time but that's the beauty of having several Team Run 12 teams - you'll never be alone!
Challenge yourself to running just one lap, one lap every 8-9 hours, one lap every other hour or a lap every hour for the whole 24 hours. Whatever you want to do, you will be welcomed with open arms by the Team Run 12 leaders and supported through your personal 24-hour run journey.
If you want to register your interest or are sold and want to sign up, you can do so by clicking here.
We hope to see as many of you as possible over the next year. If you see the Team Run 12 logo at a race, please stop and say hello. It's always a pleasure to meet people who have supported us so far and I hope many of you will become part of the close knit family I have made as a result of founding Team Run 12 back in 2013.
See you at the finish line.