26.2 Miles for Joseph’s new wheels

Update posted by Naomi Givens On Apr 09, 2018

After months of training, Joseph’s Mum Nicki and I COMPLETED the Manchester Marathon yesterday. It was just as tough as we expected particularly for me after about mile 18 by I was determined not to walk and Nicki was a huge help in keeping me going.

A huge thanks to those of you who turned up to cheer us on. It really did help to give us a boost of energy.

And of course a MASSIVE thank you to all of you for the sponsorship. We crushed my original goal by doubling it - you are all amazing!

Here we are looking a little bit pleased with ourselves!

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Update posted by Naomi Givens On Mar 08, 2018

I've been training for this for 9 months now and if I'm honest I thought I'd feel more ready than I do! I've kept up with my training plan with my longest run to date being18.5 miles but I'm not finding the really long runs very easy. Another 8 miles feels pretty impossible right now but I'm determined that I'll give it my all and get across that finish line.

Thanks to all of your donations so far I'm already over my original target of £2000 but if you haven't done so yet then I'd love your help to see if I can make it to £3000!

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Update posted by Naomi Givens On Oct 08, 2017

Six months today exactly I'll be running a marathon and it feels like I have a long way to go! However, I can now run 10 miles relatively comfortably so I've come a long way from where I was a few months ago. It's getting serious now with me doing research into the best gels to use to sustain me on long runs.

Oh, I guess that I should mention the half marathon a couple of weeks ago.... essentially it was pretty hot and I found it very hard. I had to work/run the last three miles and wasn't very happy. But that is not the end goal, so I've picked myself up and am focusing back on the marathon next year although I'll probably fit in another half marathon race before then.

Thanks again for all the donations so far, you are ALL amazing!!!

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Update posted by Naomi Givens On Sep 12, 2017

It's less than two weeks until I take part in the Windsor Half Marathon as part of my build up to the full marathon next year. Am I ready? If I'm honest, I'm not sure. I'm trying hard (see the photo of me below after running 6 miles in the rain - don't be fooled by the blue sky) and I followed my training plan even while I was on holiday in Sicily. I even ran 10miles this morning before work but the last 2 miles felt like hard work and I can't imagine running another three let alone another 16 next year!

I'm sure my competitive nature and support from others will get me through the half marathon but if I struggle I'll remind myself why I'm doing this. I'm doing it because you amazing people are sponsoring me and I'm almost halfway to my goal of £2000. Thank you so much!!

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Update posted by Naomi Givens On Aug 18, 2017

Over £800 already - that is amazing, thank you, thank you, thank you!

My long run this week was 12.5km which is still a long way off the 42km I'll need to run in April but it's getting closer to the 21km I'll be running on the 24th September - although that feels like it is approaching very fast!

In other news, I have been wearing the same make and style of trainer for years (Nike Free run if you're interested) and I love them which is why I've had three pairs. However, I don't think they are great for long distances so I went to seek some advice about a style more suited to half and full marathons. I was recommended to try the Nike Pegasus which come in various different colours but I just could not resist the pair designed by Mo Farah.

(Apologies for the sideways photos I just can't get them the right way up!)

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Update posted by Naomi Givens On Jul 27, 2017

Following my Sports Day injury, I had to take a few weeks off and have been VERY slowly getting my thigh used to running again. I started with just 5 minutes and have been building up 5 minutes extra each time. Today I ran for 30 minutes with this beautiful pitstop half way. Still plenty of time before the marathon in April but only two months before the half marathon in Windsor - let's hope my thigh holds out!

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Update posted by Naomi Givens On Jun 26, 2017

Last week was sports day at my kids' school and I joined in the fun by taking part in the parents race. On the plus side, I won the race but unfortunately I badly strained my quad muscle in the process and proceeded to hobble off in agony. I've rested it well over the weekend and applied ice so it's feeling much better now but I've booked myself in to see a physio to make sure.

Hopefully it won't be long before I'm back following my training plan because today registration opened for the Manchester Marathon so I am now fully signed up.

And finally THANK YOU to those who have donated already, I'm completely overwhelmed by your generosity!

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Well done completing the marathon. Truly inspiring from you both! We are in awe of you, you’re both amazing!!

Marianne Scholes

Backed with £100.00 On May 01, 2018

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Congratulations! Should have donated earlier but better late than never!

Tonia Pinkerton

Backed with £50.00 On Apr 30, 2018

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Hope it goes well! Xx

Rebecca Kitching

Backed with £20.00 On Apr 21, 2018

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Good on you Naomi!

Julie Anderson

Backed with £20.00 On Apr 20, 2018

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Backed On Apr 12, 2018 Amount Hidden

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Ladies I am so impressed and so lovely that you are doing this together. Hope you were able to enjoy a few celebratory drinks Newcastle style afterwards, lots of love, jane xxx

Jane Eccles

Backed with £100.00 On Apr 09, 2018

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Well done you!! liz & co. xx

liz addison

Backed with £10.00 On Apr 09, 2018

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Good luck to both of you - know you’ll smash it! Love from the Bowdens xxx

Lynette Bowden

Backed with £50.00 On Apr 08, 2018

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Sandra Donnelly

Backed with £10.00 On Apr 08, 2018

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Run Nicky Run Good luck from Colin, Michelle and the girls xx

Colin Atkinson

Backed with £50.00 On Apr 08, 2018

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