Ladybower 35 Mile Ultra Marathon For Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary & In Memory of Gianburrasca

Update posted by Fiona Shaw On Jan 09, 2018

Hello All!

I shall be updating this as I go along through my training journey. I started this weekend on Saturday with a nice 4 mile run. Steady pace and it felt good! I had no music on which was good for me as often I use this to help in longer runs. So for as long as possible I will try to run with just me and my thoughts, The weather was quite cold and the day after my legs felt tender as I havent run since before my holiday in October, infact it might even have been Ladybower 20 miler in September. I know I can spring into shape quickly and build up my base level fitness and the moment my aim is to run every second day for January. So I ran again 2 days later with every day in between as a rest day. I havent run in the morning for a while but I enjoy it. I was even up before my husband who goes swimming very early. Me running in the dark streets when its quiet, its so peaceful. Just over 5km but its fine. The longer miles will come. I shall towards the end be running double run days, running in the morning and evening to simulate tired legs for when the pain really starts to kick in.

I will update more later but this is just to tell you I have indeed started my mission and the donations are doing so much to keep me positive and most of all focused! I have so much love in my heart for this place in Rome and most of all the cats and the wonderful volunteers. If I could scoop them up and move them to me I would but the best solution would be to move there and just live in the area sacred or the nursery perhaps :)

I will keep running!!!

Thanks for your ongoing support for the cats!

Fiona xxxx

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Update posted by Fiona Shaw On Dec 31, 2017

I have always enjoyed running and I am always up for a challenge! I completed the London Marathon earlier this year and its one of the only races I ran just for me and for my own pleasure. I enjoyed every moment of that race. I want to do something in 2018 where I will be able to help a charity by fundraising and the one place that feels so special and worthy to me is the wonderful Torre Argentina in Rome!It was an obvious choice.

When I visited I was made to feel so welcome and have since started to "volunteer at a distance" writing for them on their social media. The people are wonderful and work so so hard! The cats who come here are very lucky for many arrive in a bad way. They are given a lifelong home if they cannot be re-homed due to disabilities or some even may be too feral and find their own way of coping and often retreat to their own solace within the ruins on the site. Many are blind, missing legs, have suffered trauma from car accidents, some have ears removed due to cancer from the warm Roman sun and many require a lot of medical care.

Many just live happily in the nursery where people from all around the world visit them everyday and they are pampered with tulip beds, private fountains, chicken and fish parties on the weekend and endless cuddles! Each cat is unique and special in their own way but one boy caught my heart and the hearts of many others too! Sweet Gianburrasca who sadly passed away on the 11th August 2017.

I never really recovered from his passing and I don't know why, maybe I don't need to know why, it just is the way it is sometimes but there is not a day goes by when I don't think of him. He was wonderful and I continue to carry him with me in my heart as I go through life. This run is a wonderful way to honour his memory to raise money for the other cats who still need help and care.

The race is certainly a tough one having done this on the 20 mile course twice already! I have an extra 15 miles to run and its not a forgiving course... uphill..downhill.... track... grass... shale....twisty, and once I even got lost and ended up doing 23 miles by mistake...oops... now I know the course I hope that wont happen again.. especially on the 35 miles...!!! My husband will also be running and he will do the 50 mile race! So its a joint effort and a husband and wife team. I shall run with pride in my soul and love in my heart for the ones I hold dear to me. To all the volunteers I thank you for all the hard work you do! This race is and will be hard but small in comparison to what you do everyday. Thank you!!!
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Thank you for your beautiful words Candice and I feel the same about you :) xxxxxxxxx

Fiona Shaw

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You maded me cry Fiona, you’re a so beautiful person. I’m very lucky to have a friend like you and TA is very lucky to have a volunteer at distance like you ! Thank you TA, thank you volunteers, thank you volunteer Fiona. I send you love and courage ! Candice

Candice Denuit

Update posted by Jan 07

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In memory of Tropi, my first TA love, and all the other kitties that followed.

Jeanne Massaro

Backed with £200.00 On Jan 12, 2018

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For Vesta, who has been my buddy since he was a kitten.

Jeanne Massaro

Backed with £200.00 On Jan 09, 2018

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Anonymous

Backed with £20.00 On Jan 07, 2018

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Good luck Fiona

Jules Child

Backed with £15.00 On Jan 07, 2018

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Run Fiona, we are with you ! Candice

Candice Denuit

Backed with £20.00 On Jan 07, 2018

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Good luck from Gottardo!

Jeff Fleet

Backed with £14.00 On Jan 06, 2018

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Go Fiona! With every step, with every breath, I'll be so proud of you! Thank you for doing this for all the beautiful furry friends in Rome! x

Mari-Ann Koudijs

Backed with £50.00 On Jan 01, 2018

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Good luck, Fiona.

Jacqui Hobson

Backed with £50.00 On Jan 01, 2018

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Thank you for doing this to support Brutus and all the other cats - good luck & safe running x

Craig Thom & Sam Jenkins Thom / Jenkins

Backed with £25.00 On Dec 31, 2017

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Paul Weiss

Backed with £15.00 On Dec 31, 2017

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