Words still fail me when I try to explain the generosity of everyone who supported me throughout the year, not just my incredible family and friends but individuals I have never been lucky enough to meet (through twitter and friends of those who have tirelessly spread the Team Run 12 message). If you donated or wished us luck at any stage last year, thank you so much for being part of something so special. I hope to always be the girl ‘that ran all those marathons back in 2014’.
I ran my first marathon back in 2013, on the whim of a family member being diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. I was devastated but found pounding the pavements to be therapeutic. After completing my first marathon I found myself overwhelmed, many people suggested I had the 'post-marathon blues' but those closest to me knew it was much more than this. As I went on to create and grow Team Run 12 I found that the brightest moments in life can be found in the darkest places. I have been lucky enough to take comfort in the achievements we made, the people we bought together and personally, to recognise that I am in better mental and physical shape than I have ever been before.
For an entire year, I did nothing but make incredible memories with the people closest to me. We lost and gained some team members along the way but most importantly built friendships stronger than anything I've ever experienced. We laughed, so much, we often cried (happy tears) we battled through pain and discomfort to achieve a goal that proves that if you are determined to do something you will do it.
To those who held me up last year, and continue to keep me moving forwards today, thank you. You do not realise how much you have given me and I am incredibly excited to see what the future holds for us.
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So after nearly nine months of not pestering you all to support our tireless fundraising, I am delighted that we are now able to relaunch Team Run 12. Whilst there are no enormous challenges set in stone (yet), there are many ideas floating around and the challenge of actually training for a half marathon and various individual marathons are well underway.
I am also delighted to announce that since 2013, we have raised £39,871.15 (correct as of 21/08/2015 at 15:42) by completing the London Marathon and 12 Marathons in 12 Months and are now working towards the 2015 Royal Parks Half Marathon and 2016 London Marathon. As a collective, we plan to continue fundraising whilst training, running and hosting a range of events. We will also soon be announcing how YOU can get involved and be part of Team Run 12.
For now, please consider donating towards our latest fundraising efforts in aid of CoppaFeel (click here) and stay tuned for more announcements around the future of Team Run 12.
Full details of all forthcoming races and fundraisers are available on the homepage.