On 22nd October I crossed the finish line of the Rottnest Island Marathon, in Western Australia. It was the 4th race in my marathon challenge and marked 13 months since I started running.
In these 13 months, I have learnt a lot about myself and how my body and mind deals with the pressure I’m asking of it. I’ve faced every emotion and pushed myself through some agonising pain in the pursuit of this challenge. But, why? For me this answer is simple.
I’m inspired by others
I’m inspired by those out there who are breaking world records and others who have just taken on their first 5km run. I'm inspired by those people who push their boundaries to show us all what we are capable of.
I’m inspired by individuals who battle daily with their physical and mental health. Those who have the courage to stand up and talk about it and also those who have the courage to sit down and listen. I’m inspired by those people who are trying to make a difference in other’s lives. I feel inspired to embrace mental health and I'm passionate about raising money & awareness for the Jonny Wilkinson Foundation.
I’m inspired by young people reaching their full potential and those people who volunteer their time to help them. I’m inspired by the importance of adventure and the great outdoors, by those who are at home in nature and fresh air. I’m inspired by those who discover what they love to do and do it. I’m inspired and passionate about the Scout movement and how it helps young people from every background enjoy everyday adventure. I feel inspired to keep pushing myself outside my comfort zone to raise money and awareness for The Scout Association.
Being inspired by others and their journeys gives me the strength and motivation to push myself further, to have self belief and to embrace everything that comes with it.
The best thing about being inspired by others, is that I can celebrate their achievements as well as my own.
If you're inspired too and want to help then it would mean the world if you could donate: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/icanrun7