UPDATED: Run For Michael

March 07 2014

UPDATE: This just in from Lesley after her run at the Paris Marathon in aid of Ride For Michael.

Before and after

I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved in sponsoring and supporting me through my marathon journey. It took place on Sunday and was a warm sunny day around 22ºC. The start was at 8.45AM but the wheelchairs and professional athletes set off first, so it was about 10 am when I set off. As it was so warm by mile five my feet were already blistering so I had to get a dressing on the ball of my foot and then on my big toe at mile 18. I completed the marathon in 5 hours 37 minutes 18 seconds, having had to speed walk the last six miles due to the blisters, I was very relieved to see the finish line. Donations are still coming in and so far it looks like we have raised about £1100 for Ride For Michael, so it has made any aches and pains well worthwhile. Unfortunately it wasn't possible to take photos at the finishing line so we have added a photo taken post-marathon with my finishers t-shirt and medal.


Run For Michael

Our accountant Lesley is running a marathon and hoping to raise money for Ride For Michael, here's what she's got to say:

I have worked as an accountant for Orange Mountain Bikes for two and a half years and am a keen runner. I have been running for about 15 years, but it’s only in the last few years that I have taken it seriously and have taken part in a couple of half marathons. 

I was training for the Great North Run last year when Michael had his accident and decided that now would be a good time, if ever, to do a marathon. I am not an avid rider so haven’t been involved in any of the cycling events to raise money for Michael, I did however want to do something myself to help raise funds and awareness of his condition. I worked closely with Michael for 18 months and both liked and respected him.

If you’re not aware of Michael and his situation please take a look at www.rideformichael.org

I chose the Paris Marathon, which takes place on the 6th April, to be my first, but hopefully not last, marathon. I’m hoping to raise a minimum of £1000 in sponsorship for Michael whilst achieving a life-long ambition. Despite an injury earlier on this year my training is still on course to complete the marathon in about five and a half hours. It is the biggest challenge of my life and am really looking forward to taking part.

If you know Michael and would like to sponsor me please either donate through the PayPal button on the Ride For Michael website, www.rideformichael.org, or email me at: lesley@orangebikes.co.uk

Thank You!

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