Teresa and Des Kelly have set themselves a challenge of running 1000 miles in 2018. Teresa tells us why they were inspired to come up with this mammoth challenge and explains more about what it involves.
Des and I are running 1000 miles in 2018, as a recently married couple, to raise awareness for people living with MS. 'The Kellys run 1000 miles' is our slogan! We are taking part in various races around the country and the New York half marathon, as well as clocking up the miles out and about from training runs.
The MS Trust is a charity very close to our hearts. Des has MS, he was diagnosed in 2012. The MS Trust is very helpful and very positive; we feel like it is very personal because it is one of the smaller charities. We love wearing our MS Trust tops when racing or even out on our training runs.
During the year we will be taking part in the following races:
- February - London 10k
- March - New York half marathon
- April - Sheffield half marathon
- May - Leeds and Manchester half marathons
- June - Humber Bridge half marathon (plus we will be doing a 'two miles every day' challenge until the race)
- July - Leeds 10k
- August - York and Nottingham 10k
- September - Great North Run, Sheffield 10k and Nottingham half marathon
- October - Yorkshire marathon (ending our challenge on this hopefully!)
- November- Leeds Abby Dash
In between the races and the training we plan on putting on a silent auction, a quiz night, a bake sale, a raffle and a sweepstake for the marathon times! I have bullied two other lads from work to do the Yorkshire marathon with us to support the MS Trust too.
Des and I only really started running last year and we are not hardcore runners, therefore this whole year will be a challenge. We have already gone off target, what with illnesses and general life restraints! Although Des and I both love running and we find it enjoyable, it is still tough on our ever ageing joints.
The Sheffield half will be a challenge, we did it last year. The hills are horrible (1000ft climb over 4 miles long) nice views, but horrible! The last 10k is downhill and also very tough, especially since they call it the sprint 10k finish! We are hoping to beat our time though! And obviously the Yorkshire Marathon will be the biggest challenge of all.
Des's friends only see the fun Des, they don't see him as living with MS - which is great of course. They don't see what I see, when he's absolutely shattered and he's struggling. And his monthly hospital appointments to make sure his treatment is kept up to date. Knowing that we can make a difference to people living with MS is our motivation for taking on this challenge.
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