When I asked this question last week, little did I know that when I sat to write this post, I would have a new running hero. Choosing one is very difficult and I know that different answers would have been put at different times of the year.
To be honest, I don’t think that I had ever heard of Kevin Sinfield prior to this week. But what a man!
If you are not sure what I am talking about, Kevin was a team mate of Rob Burrows at Leeds Rhinos Rugby Club. Rob was diagnosed with MND last year. Kevin has obviously had the horrible experiencing of seeing this devastating disease destroying his friend. So, he decided to do something to help. I know exactly how that feels.
Luckily for Kevin, he is famous and got the media behind him. He set himself the challenge of running a marathon 7 days consecutively to raise money for MNDA. At the time of writing this, he has raised just over 2 million pounds. That is amazing. I really hope these funds mean that we can get even closer to finding a cure for MND. If you would still like to donate, you can here.
I know that I am unlikely to be able to raise that amount of money for MND, but I would imagine Kevins reasons for taking on the challenge were not too different to mine and my MumNDad@70 Challenge. And, yes before you think it, running raffles isn’t quite a physically demanding as running 7 marathons back to back, but they do demand a fair bit of time and effort.
I know I have said this before, but I am just putting it out their again in the hope that someone takes this on board. I am not fotunate enough to have the media promoting my raffles, to be honest MNDA aren’t sharing them either. So, any help that you could give, commenting on the posts, liking, sharing them, tagging friends, giving feedback would be really appreciated. I know that not everyone of my followers will want to enter all raffles, but if lots of people share with friends it means we have a chance of reaching people that want to enter.
Also, the Instagram algorithm seems to share the posts more when people are interacting with it. So your like, save, comment etc could help the post to be shown to more people.
Anyhow, I have digressed lots, but I am quite passionate about these raffles and it does become a little frustrating when I share them and they have the least engagement and very few people entering. It would be really nice to raise money for both MNDA and The BHF.
So, if there is a prize that you would really like to see, please please please get in touch and let me know, so I can see if I can get hold of it.
So, back to the question. Let’s see what others had to write:
I don’t have a particular hero but I admire anyone who laces up and gets out there. Showing up day after day and being the best they can be!!
Gary Skerratt – He’s my run motivator and always in good spirits and makes me smile.
You are Ruth😆 Inspirational💗
Think Lari may have been on the wine for this answer, but I’m going with it!!😉 🤣
Lisa Jackson, who wrote ‘Your pace or Mine?’ Completely changed the way I looked at marathon running.
Just one!?!?!?! Tough one! Paula Radcliffe for the ladies. To break a WR that long ago and for it to stand until last year is just amazing! And without cheat shoes too. Technology and nutrition etc has come on so much since she won… would love for her to make a come back. Usian Bolt for the men, what he brought to Athletics was awesome.
Such a tough question, I can think of all of the greats of course, but someone who I admire, whose positivity is infectious, and whose running talent is amazing – 2.37 NYC marathon last year ( I think she was first non elite female and first GBR runner over the line too) – it’s got to be Brit girl stateside Bec Gentry . That said, everyone who laces up and ‘gets it done’ – however far that may be – is pretty heroic to me
Anyone who laces up their trainers and gets out there
My Mummy – from Leo
I kind of bullied Vic into the above answer as I have seen how Leo looks at her when they are running together 🥰.