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Nervous about running, nervous about Leeds Utd

Today is the day my team, Leeds United could get promoted from League One but I’ve also got the Leeds Half Marathon tomorrow… even if Leeds go up, I can’t really celebrate with the race tomorrow.

Laura, myself and three of her mates came up to Leeds yesterday. While the girls will be horse riding around Eric, my father in law’s place, I’ll be meeting with the boys in town and staying firmly on orange juice and soda so I’m fit to run tomorrow.

I ran out and about around Eric’s place today, it’s in gorgeous countryside just outside Weatherby and the sun was bright as can be. I took the run nice and easy in anticipation of tomorrow and also took one of the Viper Active gels I’ve been sent by Maximuscle with me, taking it at around 12 miles.

It’s hard to tell how good it is at giving energy on such a short run but, unlike some of the other gels I’ve tried, it actually tastes quite nice but, like all gels, it also needs to be taken with water and, as I didn’t have any, it left me feeling a little dry. I’ll have a better idea of how well they work when I finish tomorrow’s race.

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Miles today: 3
Target: 693
Miles to date: 909.76

Please donate to my chosen charities by clicking here

A run in memory of Chris and Kevin

Today is the tenth anniversary of the murder of two Leeds United fans, Chris Loftus and Kevin Speight, who were killed in Turkey on a trip to watch the team. Ten years later and their two families have still not had justice while prime suspects are free to live their lives in Istanbul

Today’s run is dedicated to Chris and Kevin.

Half of the fundraising done on this challenge goes to Candlelighters, the chosen charity of Leeds Fans Remembrance, set up by the boys’ families in their honour. If you can spare it, please donate something to the cause today by clicking here

Miles today: 3.02
Target: 594
Miles to date: 784.09

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A charity element added to the running – please donate

I’m still sore and still haven’t taken any ibuprofen for three days and so this morning’s run saw me take a go-slow around Tooting Common.

I’ve also signed up to go and visit the sports injury clinic at Crystal Palace next week to see if they can do anything to get rid of the tightness in my calves – all this running over the last six months has really taken its toll and I’m considering dropping the 22mile run I have planned for this Sunday as training for the Brighton Marathon on April 18 and just do a regular three miler instead.

The amount of mileage I’ve put on my total in the last two months has been pretty high thanks to my adding a marathon into the middle of it all and my legs could do with a week off long Sunday runs. If it makes me finish Brighton a little slower, so be it.

What I have done though is finally add a charity element to my running – if Im going through all this pain, hobbling around South London and on my travels, someone should see the benefits.

I’ve chosen two charities to benefit: one at home and one abroad. Both are ones I care about and I hope that by splitting the proceeds evenly, people will be touched by one or the other if not both.

From a home perspective and as a Leeds United fan, I have chosen Candlelighters – a children’s cancer charity based at St James’s Hospital in Leeds.

Candlelighters is also the chosen charity of Leeds Fans Remembrance – a fundraising effort to recognise the 10th anniversary of the senseless killing of two Leeds fans, Chris Loftus and Kevin Speight, while they were following the team in Turkey on April 5, 2000. LFR has been set up by the families of Chris and Kevin.

The other charity is the Waterside Charitable Trust and I have to declare a personal interest: my father-in-law, Eric, is one of the trustees. The WTC raises funds for health, sanitation and education projects in the slums of Kisumu, Kenya’s third largest city.

The area the WTC works in is called Obunga and, having visited, I can testify to the poor conditions people live in there: shanty houses, no running water, no sanitation, high incidences of HIV/Aids and other communicable diseases….

The WTC has attempted to correct some of that by installing public toilets and shower blocks, building a community and health centre, funding education for youngsters and helping set up small businesses so people can help themselves. They are in the process of planning a new youth centre in Obunga alongside their partner UK charity, the Hunslet Club.

If you do think either of these charities are worthwhile or want to support my running efforts, please click on this link to my Virgin Money Giving Page.

I know charity fatigue is an issue so to set the ball rolling, I’ve sponsored myself to the tune of £100. Please pass on the link to your friends and keep coming back to 1095miles.com to see how much I’ve raised and read about me moaning about my aching legs!

Click here for a Google Map and full details of today’s run

Miles today: 3
Target: 558
Miles to date: 734.94

Please donate to my chosen charities by clicking here