2019 has come around so quickly, and within a blink of an eye – many months have flown by.

Last year, my rugby team and I climbed the 3 National Peaks (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon) in 24 hours and we raised around £1000 collectively for Cancer Research.

Reflecting back to last year and doing that event for charity, I wanted to do my bit this year for charity. So, I have decided to enter into different events to raise money for a variety of charities.

It is all down to one old gentleman, who I got talking to whilst out running. He stopped me and said ‘keep going’ and ‘I’d love to be able to do what you’re doing’. It really touched me and I thought, there are so many people who struggle with day to day activities, whether that be with a physical illness or a mental illness. I can try and raise money for those charities who support so many people, and help them continue doing what they’re doing. I also feel sometimes I take for granted my wellness. Having two working legs and being able to run a distance, and having good with mental health. I only struggle when it comes to stressful situations, which luckily don’t occur too many times. More so in the last few months than ever before, with uni and life pressures.

Here are a list of my challenges for the next coming year..

Challenge 1: My Marathon Month in May

This challenge is to run 26.2 miles in a month. Seen as I definitely could not run a marathon in one go – this one is a little more realistic and achievable! This is in aid of The British Heart Foundation, a brilliant charity that is close to my heart and affects so many people.

https://mymarathon19.everydayhero.com/uk/emily-hood

Challenge 2: 9/06/19 Doncaster Half Marathon

My brother is home from his travels, only temporarily but he has ran marathons before so he is mega fit. He asked if I would like to run a half marathon with him, and I thought finally it might be nice for Mum to see us do something together. We used to fight like cat and dog when we were younger, it is really nice that we get on now to do this! I am looking forward to this challenge, but I am so nervous!! I hope I complete it haha!!

Challenge 3: 4/9/19 York 10k

As I have got into running, Jack’s mum (Helen) asked if I would like to do a 10k run with her in York. This was an easy decision and I accepted the challenge! I am really looking forward to this as it will be my first 10k event, or any running event! It will also be nice to run with Helen as she is raising money for Bowel Cancer UK – the link is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helen72

Challenge 4: 6/10/19 Bridlington Half Marathon

I have always wanted to run a fair distance, but I have never been determined or fit enough to do one. So, along with my crazy family, I am running the Bridlington Half Marathon in aid of the British Lung Foundation. My lovely Nana died from lung disease a few years ago and I would love to raise money for the charity. So, putting my lungs to the test I will be attempting to do the 13.1 miles in less than 2.5 hours. A link to my page will be on shortly.

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