Highs and Lows – by Bianca Hartley

Man vs Mountain

Yesterday, I completed the Great North Run for race number 27 and visited the MIND charity tent at the end of the day. I told them all about the 30for30 challenge and explained the reasons for doing it. As I was telling them, I realised how important this challenge has been for my own mental health, and how doing this has helped me drastically over the past 10months.

I talk about the mental benefits of exercise a lot in the blog – But whilst I am recovering from yesterday’s race, here is a guest blog on the topic from my friend, Bianca, who recently ran Man Vs Mountain as a personal challenge, but also to raise money for Cancer Research in memory of her Mum. Continue reading

Last minute panic

Trafford 10k

Race: Trafford 10k
Distance: 10k
Date: 2nd September 2018
Supporting Runners: Nanci Henderson & Tim Gough
Fundraising to date: £4,851
Finishing Time: 00:56:58

In 8 weeks time, I’ll have landed in New York, awaiting the grand finale of the 30for30 challenge – the NYC marathon.

It is safe to say that the panic is setting in hard.

I could have all of the time in the world to prepare for something, yet I’d always be scrambling at the last minute. Continue reading

A man’s best friend [the dog jog blog]

Dog Jog 5k

Race: Dog Jog
Distance: 5k
Date: 18th August 2018
Supporting Runners: Jemma Love, Christa Ntuli, Rafa Benitez Love, Mr Chips
Fundraising to date: £4,561
Finishing Time: 00:34:01

I always knew that Adam was a popular guy and was always keen to make an effort to stay in touch with absolutely everyone.

It would drive us mad sometimes that he would come round and sit on his phone constantly messaging people. (Now I’ve been added to his friendship group’s WhatsApp chat, I can see why)

But amongst all of the work friends, school friends, childhood friends, friends of friends etc. Adam had another little BFF that misses him very much.

Mr Chips 🐶❤️ Continue reading

Am I good enough?

Sale Sizzler 5k Series

Race: Sale Sizzler series
Distance: 4 x 5ks
Date: Various – July/August
Supporting Runners: Phil Clare, Emma Clare, Tom Kharchi, Peter Jones, Sarah Ferris-Jones, James Foster, Shabir Hussain, Tim Gough, Abby Kay
Fundraising to date: £4,496
Finishing Time: Various

This time last year, I had decided to do the 30for30 challenge – starting in the November on what would have been Adam’s 29th birthday.

That same Summer, a couple of people from work were taking part in these ‘Sale Sizzler’ races, not far from where I live and close to the office. They were 4 x 5k races every other Thursday evening across July and August. It was the 3rd race by the time I had heard of the series, so I signed up for that particular one. Continue reading

City2Surf – By Oli Gallagher

City2Surf

Last week, one of Adam’s close friends, Oliver Gallagher, took part in City2Surf all the way over in Sydney, Australia to be a part of the 30for30 challenge. I am sure you will all agree that this is absolutely amazing that a race on the other side of the world has been done in memory of Adam.

Oli has kindly written some words about his run and memories of Adam. Thank you so much Oli – this means the world to us. ❤️

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Team work

ToughMudder 5k.png

Race: Tough Mudder 5k
Distance: 5km
Date: Saturday 11th August
Supporting Runners: Rebecca Hall, Tom Kharchi, Stephen Banks, David Macdougall, Peter Jones, Sarah Ferris-Jones, Dan Rogers, Samantha Rogers
Fundraising to date: £4,431
Finishing Time: ???

Last Saturday, I participated in the first race of the 30for30 challenge that wasn’t just running… and quickly found out that my upper body strength is pretty terrible. Continue reading

Making memories

St Andrews Spla (1)

Race: St Andrews Splash ‘n’ Dash
Distance: 4.5 miles
Date: Saturday 21st July
Supporting Runners: Jemma Love
Fundraising to date: £4,406
Finishing Time: 0:46:07

Memories

3 years ago, I was on the way to work on a Monday morn when Adam called to ask me if I wanted to go to St Andrews the following day to watch the golfers on one of their practice days for The Open.

Errrrrm no. Continue reading