The 11 parkruns of Christmas

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The day after our ‘attempted’ charity challenge I posted this to my personal Facebook wall:

I honestly don’t know where to start…


I gazed into the mirror this morning and I thought a number of things:


Was I a failure? Was I brave? Was I stupid? Was I proud?


Then I realised it was all of those things. Lee and I always said from the very start that this challenge was an attempt. It was also an attempt to raise as much money as we could for Tiny Lives.


Lee and I can’t thank my Brother and Val enough for the constant encouragement and support throughout the day. We also have so many other people to thank but I think it’s fair to say, you know who you are!


Unfortunately at the end of the 11th parkrun I collapsed and was taken to the RVI hospital. It’s quite ironic I should be lying in the same hospital as all the babies from Tiny Lives. Three hours and a couple of drips later, I was on my way home. Amy is still shaking her head at me now but she doesn’t need to say anything, I already know.


I honestly gave this challenge everything I had. I never gave up but unfortunately my body did. I feel like a boxer that’s gone 11 hard rounds and then got knocked out before even attempting the 12th. I do feel bad for Lee as I believe he could have gone on and completed the challenge. He did say this morning though that 11/12 and 34/37 miles isn’t bad! You’re an absolute legend Lee and I’m truly honoured to have you as a friend.


I believe with online and offline donations (including gift aid), we’re close to hitting the £1000 mark. I know this is a difficult financial time for everyone but if you can, please make a small donation. I might even upload a photo of me lying on the ground! Thank-you all and Merry Christmas.

This was from the heart. I was a broken man on the Saturday night and on the Sunday morning. I did feel like a failure at first but that has eventually turned into pride.


We really did have a fantastic day, despite the sad end. We met some amazing people throughout our challenge and most importantly, we raised a fantastic amount for Tiny Lives. This is what the challenge was all about.


Thanks for the continued support!


About The Author

Following the birth of his son in 2009, Paul was unfit and sluggish. Since then he's been training using a range of exercise techniques and gained some valuable information over the years. Events he has completed to date are Total Warrior, Pier To Pier, Bamburgh 10k, Hamsterley 10k, Blaydon Races, Newcastle Stampede and over 50 parkruns. In 2012 he created his own challenge called the '12 Days of Christmas.' He raised over £1000 for Percy Hedley by running 60 miles to celebrate their 60 years. In 2013 he ran the '12 parkruns of Christmas' with friend Lee Nyland. The pair raised over £1400 for the Tiny Lives Fund.

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