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My Year of Challenge
8 challenges to celebrate each decade of my Mums life

What's it all about?

debbiepby debbiepMar 23rd 2013
Hi my name is Debbie, thanks for taking the time to read my page.
In 2011 my Mum passed away after courageously fighting a variety of illnesses and whilst I still miss her like mad I am very proud of the way she fought right to the end.
So I decided that in 2013 I wanted to do something to celebrate her life. Something that would challenge me, take me out of my comfort zone and make my Mum proud.
Rather than invest everything into one event, it seemed fitting to undertake a different event for each decade of her life, so 8 in total.
I've never been particularly sporty but decided a few years ago that I had better do something to keep fit so I took up running. It hasn't been an easy ride with almost a year out of action with a mysterious knee injury and now I seem to have got a frozen shoulder!!!!
One thing I have inherited from my Mum is determination, so despite these setbacks I will complete my challenge.
So what am I going to do? Well so far I have set my sights on 5 events
A warm up with a fun night 10k off-road run
Forest of Dean Half Marathon
Belfast Marathon
The marathon leg of the Outlaw Triathlon (with my husband completing the other 2 legs)
The Adidas Thunder run, a 24 hour off-road relay endurance race completed as a team
As I've only just started running again after intensive physio on my shoulder the first few events are sure to be a struggle with the objective being just to finish. Later in the year we'll see what happens but I'm determined to go faster.
What are the other three events going to be? At this stage I'm not sure but the idea of an ultra is really appealing. Who knows I might be persuaded to enter something on two wheels. I know if my husband has his way I will end up entering a triathlon!
Whilst I am challenging myself physically this is also a golden opportunity to raise some money for charity. So I have selected four charities that I would like to help, three are directly related to illnesses that afflicted my Mum whilst the fourth is such a great idea that it just deserves support.
I hope that you will consider making a donation, it doesn't matter how big or small, every little helps.
I promise that I will do my best to complete my challenges and keep you up to date with progress.
Best wishes
sarahleonardby member: sarahleonard, Mar 24th 2013 10:24
Hi Debbie, I'm sure that your mum would have been immensely proud of you for taking on those challenges, and non of those are easy challenges! I do hope your shoulder eases up soon, keep with it.

If you have a charity fundraising page then you can add a link on your blog if you want to by going to Edit and at the bottom using the option to add a web link and paste the URL straight in. I'll certainly sponsor you for starters.

You can also add a link in the My Link section by gong to Blog - Tab - Links which will show on the side of your blog.

Massive good luck hugs!

Sarah x
twiggyby member: twiggy, Mar 25th 2013 22:39
Good luck with all your challenges Debbie. We will be cheering you on whether there in person or spirit!
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