#MNDAD@70 Update 2

I always knew that finding 70 raffles for the #MNDAD@70 was going to be a big ask, especially when I added a time limit of a year to the challenge. (If you are not sure what #MNDAD@70 read about it here)

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What’s happened in #MNDAD@70 so far?

So far I have managed a total of 31 different raffles and raised just over £800 for Motor Neurone Disease Association. (If you don’t know why I raise money for this charity, please read here.)

I have been reflecting on #MNDAD@70 of late and realised that I have put an end date for the challenge of 30/1/20 so that it was completed in one year, but why? Well, yes it was to celebrate what should have been my dad’s 70th year, but really does it have to have a time limit? I am now thinking NO!

Why take on #MNDAD@70?

Another reason for taking on the #MNDAD@70 challenge was to raise as much money for the MNDA. There is still NO cure for this horrible disease! People are still being diagnosed with this death trap of a disease, so the more money and awareness I can raise, the better. The awareness and the money could make the difference. So I set out to do 70 raffles and that is exactly what I am going to do. Regardless of how long it takes me to do it.

My dad and me.

How can you get involved?

I have been overwhelmed by the number of people that have repeatedly got involved and donated to #MNDAD@70. I appreciate that not all the raffle prizes are going to appeal to everyone, and not everyone has the funds to keep donating, but you can still get involved.

Please keep sharing the raffles and #MNDAD@70 content. Your connections may want to enter, or you may just remind someone to enter. If you have got involved or won something, please share using the #MNDAD70 and tag me in too.

More people that are aware and following/using the #MNDAD70, the more likely companies are to get involved, providing some more amazing prizes. You see lots of people offering things on social media, but your not always sure that they can be trusted. So winners, please share. I really think it will help people trust this challenge if they see winning prizes.

If you have any ideas of how to promote the challenge more, suggestions for prizes, or any words of wisdom, please feel free to contact me, or add a comment below.

Dennis Murphy (My dad!)



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It’s been a while since I last blogged, but as it’s half term, so I thought I’d post! If you follow me on social media, you will have seen the hashtag #MNDAD70, and hopefully you will know what it is about. But just in case this blog reaches people that are not following me, let me explain.

So my dad died in 2010 of Motor Neurone Disease. – for those that are not sure what this is, if I said Ice Bucket Challenge or Stephen Hawkins, you probably have heard of it at some point. It is the most horrendous disease that attacks the motor neurones.

I still find it heart breaking that there is no cure. I remember my dad taking part in trials to help find a cure, yet we are 9 years on from his death and people are still being diagnosed with this, knowing that they will never be cured!

January 30th 2019, should have been my fathers 70th birthday, so I had this crazy idea that to celebrate his life and raise funds and awareness, in hope that one day a cure would be found, I would try to run 70 raffles throughout the year.

I have been fundraising for the Motor Neurone Disease Association ever since my dad died, but I didn’t want to just ask people for money again, so I thought I would run raffles, so donators had a chance of getting something from it. I have been fortunate that Runr, Run Mummy Run, Hygge Bands, Sports Direct Running, Proviz, Halo headbands, Pepper Jar Creations, and Time 4 Nutrition have all donated prizes so far.

SEVENTY is a massive number, and I know that it is going to be hard work to get that many prizes, but I will keep going, just like my dad did. I would love to see a cure in my lifetime, and know that I played a little part in helping, but mostly to know that anyone who is diagnosed has a chance to fight and be cured.

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My #flashbackfriday has to be a photo of my last holiday with my dad – a week before he died of #MND . I have had many new followers recently, so I thought I’d share my reason for getting into running. . I played basketball for many years, so I always ran to keep fit for my sport. . In 2009, my dad was diagnosed with #motorneuronedisease on the 9th Nov – I’ll never forget as it was my birthday! . I had read a bit about it, but didn’t know what to expect really. My dad deteriorated pretty rapidly, he lost his ability to walk, and talk, but never lost his smile and kind ways. . My dad died 8 months after being diagnosed, and as hard as it is for all of my family and friends, it was the best thing for him. This disease is so cruel and the less he had to suffer the better. . There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t miss him. He missed my wedding, meeting my little girl and being her granddad! . I had run a half marathon when my dad was alive, but promised him I would run a 16 mile race to raise money for #MNDA . I didn’t make the 16 mile run as I fell pregnant, but I knew I wanted to raise money and keep my promise to my dad. . I finally ran @londonmarathon in 2014 and raised money. It was there that I became part of the amazing @run.mnd group. . All have been touched by #MND and run to raise money and awareness for #MNDA . June is #mndawareness month, and we will all keeping ruining in hope that one day there will be a cure for this horrendous disease. . #nofinishlineuntilthereisacure #runmnd #mnda #runnersofinstagram #runstagram #mydad❤️ #Run #runners #instarunners #runmummyrun #ukrunchat #mndawarenessmonth

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Even if the prize that is offered doesn’t interest you, please spread the word about the raffles, as the more people that know about it, that’s more people that are aware of MNDA, and potentially more money raised.

If anyone is aware of any businesses that may be able to donate prizes to my 70, please comment below, or email.


Win a pair of eGloves

Technology plays a big part in running now for some. I am totally addicted to stats and technology, and I am ashamed to admit, but I certainly feel if my run isn’t on Garmin then it didn’t happen! I like taking photos on my run, controlling my music, and using my Garmin, but hate the hassle of removing my gloves to work them all.


I have been lucky to have a pair of eGlove donated to me, to use as a prize for a lucky reader. The eGlove SPORT enables you to accurately operate touch screen devices such as your Smartphone or other touch screen device without removing your gloves.

Here is the technical information taken from the eGlove website:

Conductive fingertip technology on both thumbs and forefingers for use with GPS and Smartphone applications
Individually sized to maximise accuracy of touch screen devices
Robust double stitching to create maximum strength in the fabric
Silicon deigned palm and finger detail to reduce losing grip on the device
Terry toweling fabric strip on reverse of palm and thumb to remove moisture
Double turned wrist fabric to create additional warmth
Machine wash 40o – tumble dry on low heat or allow to dry naturally!

If you would like to be in with a chance to win a pair of eGlove, all you have to do is donate to my Virgin Money Giving page here. For every 50p donated, I will add your name to a random name generator. So, if you donate £1, your name will be on the list twice, donate £5, then your name will feature 10 times. All the money will go to raising vital funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. If you are new to the blog, and want to find out why I raise money for MNDA, have a read here and here.

When you donate the money, make sure you put the words eGlove and your contact email address. I will announce the winner on Sunday 13th March via twitter (@rularuns) and then email the winner. They will then be able to choose which glove design they would like (any glove up to the value of £30) and size.

Good luck to all that enter, and please feel free to share 😉

Brighton Half Marathon 2016

For the third year in a row, I lined up on Sunday to run the Brighton Half Marathon. This has become a favourite of mine, and Sunday did not disappoint. I arrived in Brighton on the Saturday and it was FREEZING. It was the kind of cold, that makes you want to get in bed to warm up and not move!

I stayed in a hotel 5 minutes from the start, so Sunday morning should have been a breeze. I say should, as 3 hours sleep due to being in a room located above a nightclub, meant that I was just a little tired on race morning. I layered up, gloved up, jacket on too, left the hotel and was pleasantly surprised at the temperature. It was perfect for run. Bright, little wind and only a nip in the air, rather than freezing.

I was so lucky as my mum came with me, so I removed some layers and gave them to her. We didn’t need to worry about baggage, so I managed to have a nice cup of tea prior to the start! I left my mum 15 minutes before the start of the race, and made my way to my pen. It was obviously busy, but pretty much hassle free. I had only been in the pen 10 minutes before we were off.


So very British!!

I knew exactly where my mum would be, so kept to the right side of the course looking for her. As I went over the start line, I spotted that Sally Gunnell had been the starter. She was cheering, waving and wishing everyone good luck. As I approached my mum, I felt myself get emotional. Not sure why, but I just felt very lucky to be running this race, and even though I feel my dad is with me on every run, having my mum there made it just that little bit more special.

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In action #brightonhalf

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I wasn’t too sure how to approach this race. I didn’t think I was fast enough to PB, but wasn’t sure I would be happy plodding round. I decided to just go with it and see what happened. When mile 1 clocked up as 9:41 I thought it felt pretty comfortable, so I’d just stick at that pace. Mile 2 passed and I knew that mile 3 and 4 was going up hill, so just got my head down and worked hard. When I saw that these miles were 9:06 and 9:05 I started to think about a sub 2. I was convinced I could pick up time on the down hill and I will still feeling comfortable. All was good, until mile 8 became quite congested. There were road works going on in Brighton, and the course had been moved over slightly from previous years, and one traffic lane just wasn’t enough room. I was constantly checking my step and weaving to get by people. My pace dropped, but I just thought keep pushing and then it will open up again around mile 10. I thought that I could push on from there. When I reached the turn around and knew I was on the homeward stretch, I tried to pick up the pace, but it just didn’t happen. I knew it was slipping, but I kept thinking, if I can clock 12 miles by 1 hour 50 I can do this. When my watch read 1:52 at 12 miles, my chance had gone, but it still didn’t stop me gritting my teeth and giving it everything. The last mile ended up being my fastest of the entire run, which I was happy with. I finished in a time of 2:02:11. One minute, 39 seconds off my PB, but it was the fastest half I have run in the last 5 years, so I was thrilled.

I love running by the sea, I love running an out and back (watching the front-runners takes my mind off the fact I’m running!) and I really love the Brighton Half Marathon. The organisation is spot on, the volunteers are great and to top it off this year, we got a great Brooks finishers T-shirt too! It’s not 3 in a row, and I really hope I can make it 4.


A good quality Brooks race T-shirt

When I was in Scotland, I picked up a new gel. I had seen people mention Torq on the Run Mummy Run page, so when I tried the raspberry ripple flavour it was lovely. I had one at 6 miles and one a 10 miles and they were nice. I am going to trial them again on this weeks long run and then I’ll give you my full review. But so far, so good.


Yummy raspberry ripple flavour

Sunday saw me also share my fundraising page, so just incase you are interested

Which is your favourite half marathon? 

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And the winner is…..

So, firstly, let me apologise for being late! I was so tired after the Brighton half, and slightly depressed at having to go back to work, that this is the first time I have had any time to sort out the draw!


I am pleased to announce that the winner of the Nuun package is Stacey Marston.

The Nuun package won by Stacey

I have another competition coming very soon, so please keep checking back. Hope everyone’s training is going well. If you would like to donate any money to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, please click here.

Competition time…. Nuun hydration tablets

COMPETITION ALERT!! Wahooooo – who doesn’t love the chance of winning a prize!

I always feel a little guilty when trying to raise sponsorship money for events, as it always seems to be the same people who I ask – Friends and family. To try to combat this problem, I have been busy contacting lots of companies asking them to donate prizes. The lovely people at Nuun have donated a variety of flavoured hydration electrolyte tablets, a water bottle and a sample of body glide.


Win all of this – worth around £50

I have been using the tablets since reading about them on Leah’s blog. I like the fact that they are sugar-free, carb-free and each tablet is under 6 calories. They are light, refreshing tablets that you add to water. Click here to read more about Nuun

I am not great at drinking enough water! I never really feel thirsty and can sometimes go hours without drinking. I have been making a conscious effort to drink more during the day, and  I find that when I have added Nuun to my drink bottle, I do drink more! My personal favourite is the tri berry flavour, but there are lots of different flavours to try!

So, how do you win the prize, I hear you asking!? Frequent readers of my blog (hello Mum, Sarah and Becky!) will know that my amazing father died in 2010 from Motor Neurone Disease. It devastated our family, not only losing him, but seeing him suffer too. The disease is awful, and once diagnosed is a death sentence, as there is no cure! It attacks a person’s body, leaving them helpless and weak. Even after all these years, I still find it hard to write about, so if you would like to know more about it, please click here, and read Mark’s blog. He is living with the disease.

So, back to the competition! I would like to raise more awareness and funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, so if you follow my blog, I will enter your name into the competition. If you donate money to my fundraising page (click here to go through to the page) for every £1 you donate, I will enter your name twice. It’s a bit little like buying a raffle ticket for 50p! I’m hoping everyone is following this, but just incase, an example. If person A, follows my blog, that’s one entry, they then go and donate £2, that’s another 4 entries! Person A’s name will then appear in the random name generator 5 times, giving them more chance of winning. Hope that makes sense! (If not, drop me a comment below and I’ll answer any questions)

The competition will run until Sunday 21st February and I will notify the winner on Sunday 22nd. As I have to post the prize to the winner, the competition is only open to people in the UK. Good Luck, and please share, as the money could go towards helping find a cure for people suffering with MND.