Fundraiser goes the distance in coastal trail half marathons in aid of charity
Published 11 January 2010
Mike Percival is setting himself quite a challenge in 2010, aiming to undertake four trail running half marathons in aid of four charities including Alzheimer's Society.
'So why am I doing this? 18 months ago, I was a balding, middle-aged and somewhat overweight engineer. Then in December 2008, I discovered trail running. Come May, I had completed four trail 10k races and thoroughly enjoyed them in a completely masochistic way, given that they featured hills, 'water hazards', beaches, mud, and all kinds of other things to make them much more challenging than a typical 10k. I was still middle aged, still balding, and still an engineer - but decidedly less overweight.So I thought to myself 'what next'? How can I keep the challenge going? And I came up with a challenge for myself. During the course of the winter and spring of 2009/2010, I would undertake four trail running half marathons, and I would add committment and motiviation by doing them in aid of four of my favourite charities.'
'I always wanted the four charities to be a spread - a medical one, a 'care' type one, an environmental one, and an educational one - to try to ensure there was something which would appeal to as many of my friends and colleagues as possible.The idea of the Alzheimers Society was put in my head when discussing my ideas for the four charities with some of my friends - one of whom said she supported the idea, but would be even more inclined to support me if I included Alzheimer's Society, and referred to the campaign launched by Terry Pratchett to draw attention to the fact that Alzheimer's research is grossly under-resourced compared to cancer. She (and I, and many of my friends) are members of the Tolkien Society, and as you can imagine have a very fond liking for other fantasy writers as well, including Terry.
Good luck Mike and keep us updated with your progress!