Back in January this year, right at the start of the umpteenth lockdown, Alison began an epic fundraising run - Lands End to John O'Groats (874 miles in a year). Of course she couldn't leave her town so her run has been a virtual one, running around the town time and time and time again. As of the end of June she is officially half way - 437 miles.

Here are her high (and low) lights so far:

  • "I'd often heard people say that running kept them sane but I'd never experienced that until now. Setting myself the target of running three times a week, every week during lockdown gave me a routine and gave me something to consistently achieve."

  • "`I've remained (mostly) injury free which is, for me, a record as previously inevitably my wonky hips lead me to injury once I start a challenge."

  • "I've virtually reached Lake Windermere, which is very scenic, virtually."

  • "My town is very hilly so I've run uphill a lot."

  • "I have lost precious running days after being floored by a reaction to both vaccines and to imaginary injuries."

  • "I have run in rain, rain and more rain. And then some more rain."

  • "I have been rude to a group of teenage girls who laughed at me as I ran by. And then felt ashamed as I'm a grown woman ands should have been able to rise above it but as my running has always been likened to the running style of Pheobe from Friends, I tend to take badly to people mimicking me!"

  • "I have raised almost £2 for every mile run which means I could raise almost £2,000 by December."

Good luck Alison.

And if you could sponsor Alison a few ££ to help her on her way and raise money to ensure our letters keep reaching those who need them, then please sponsor her here.

Thank you so much

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