£5 would be valued highly. Nothing is ever too little for a good cause. People with disability are often left at the bottom of the pile, I value SPORT FOR ALL.
I have decided to take up my place for the SELF TRANSCENDENCE 24 HOUR TRACK RACE LONDONThis event takes place on 19th/20th September 2015.Its a tricky time of year for a big event for me coming after the Summer as it's hard to train when the kids are off school and holidays etc. However, I've tried to do a small amount of training most days whether it's running or doing an exercise class on holiday. I've now started to increase the time on my feet.
Why am I doing such a...let's face it ridiculous event?! Guess it's the fact that it is pretty much a mental endurance event, just me and the track with no obstacles, very 'runable' so therefore very tough over 24 hours. The natural way of running ultra Marathons is to run the downs & flats but walk the ups to conserve energy - however, with no 'up hills' it can cause you to push too hard and then break down.
Lots of you know I did Endure24 in June and was happy with 115miles and 1st Lady (knocking off 1 hour from last year, as this year I dropped out at 22.5 hours and last year I did 115 miles & dropped out at 23.5hrs). It hurt...the last 12 hours I distinctly recall saying 'NEVER EVER AGAIN, EVER'...just horrible. So why am I hoping to be at the start line on the 19th September. I often describe it like child birth, horrific at the time but then you just remember the good things soon after...in Ultra terms it's the camaraderie, the people you meet and support you get.In the back of my mind I also know that GB 24 hour qualifying standard is 210km (130miles). It will be very easy to drop out with the pain if I have no reason to be at the event, but if I know I could be helping someone else have a future in running and triathlons through fundraising, this will push me on.
ABOUT THE EVENT
A selection of 45 of the UK’s most experienced and promising Ultra runners take on the physical and mental challenge of covering the greatest distance they can in 24 hours, making as many loops of the track as possible. Ultra running is becoming more and more popular, and as the only permanent 24 Hour Track race in the UK we get great interest each year. We have held the race since 1989 and witnessed many amazing achievements and National and World Best Records.
This is a IAU Bronze Label event
Arctic One Current Projects:
Junior James Davey (Who you may have seen at Pednor last year) who we purchased a running blade for last year has had a massive growth spurt and will need a new socket.
Rob Richardson who is the former captain of the Sitting volleyball team and a single leg amputee. He is currently on the GB Para Skeleton squad, but has to share a sledge with all the other team members, which is not suitable for his disability. We are fundraising to purchase him a sledge of his own which in return can be used/adapted for para sport 'Taster Days' for others who are interested in winter sports all under the ArcticONE banner. It is important that there is a legacy with Rob's continued involvement with ArcticONE.
We are fully assisting Joanne Blinman, who is a double leg amputee. We are fundraising for a racing wheel chair for her so she can take part in track competitions and long distance events such as the marathon.
We have our 'Forward Motion' Grant System which we will be again launching in the New year. This will be the second time we have run the scheme and last year we were able to help 21 people across a variety of sports and a variety of abilities from the complete novice to elites which enabled them to take up or pursue their sport. We are hoping to help more people next year, but need to get the funding in place to kick this off again. http://www.arctic1.co.uk/
What do Arctic One do?
Athlete Funding Support: With the help of all our fundraisers, we have managed to raise funds to support 8 athletes with funding to purchase Prosthetic limbs which cost between £5,000 and £12,000 each. These have enabled the recipients to pursue more options within sport as it has allowed them the freedom to Run!
Equipment: Some of the funds we raise will go towards purchasing equipment for athletes to borrow or to use. This includes handbikes and racing wheelchairs as well equipment that is necessary for other sports.