When: Sunday 20th September 2015.
What: Worcester, UK, 10km run.
Who for: Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSHCC).
How to get involved: http://www.justgiving.com/ChrisOrr1
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On Sunday 20th September 2015 I’ll be running the Worcester 10km race in order to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
Why Great Ormond Street Hospital? Because Indy Winfield was born in November 2012, and shortly after in 2013 he was admitted to Birmingham Hospital, and then referred to Great Ormond Street Hospital. Here it was discovered that Indy had a serious and rare heart condition. Indy’s dad is one of my best friends, and holding Indy when he was a little over a month old changed me as a man. Before that day I didn’t really like children or babies very much; in fact it would be fair to say I was pretty much terrified of anything sporting ten tiny fingers and ten tiny toes. Since the moment he was handed to me I’ve changed though, from a man who never wanted children in to one who knows without doubt that he wants kids of his own one day.
I want to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital as my way of thanking them for looking after Indy, his family and countless other poorly children. No parent should have to go through what Indy’s mum, dad, and family had to go through, but it is unavoidable. Everyone gets sick, and children are no different. The work done by the staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital, however, is absolutely essential. It saves and changes lives. Thanks to them I’ve been able to play with police cars in coffee shops with one cool little dude without people thinking I’m just crazy.
Four and a bit years ago I decided to change my life. I lost six stone and went from doing no exercise to exercising almost every day. I still battle with myself over what I eat now, and as I write this I’m punishing myself on the stationary bike at the gym. I’ll definitely injure myself between now and September, but undoubtedly train through it nonetheless. It is, however, time that I put all of that hardwork to a greater good. 10km isn’t that far, but I want to do it as fast as I can. My normal running speed is 1km every five minutes, but by September I want to have the 10km race finished in 45 minutes or less. That’s three months to shave 30 seconds off each kilometer.
Why tell you this? Well it’s not for your money. Sure I’d love to smash through the £500 fundraising goal I’ve set myself (it was £200, but with £90 raised in under 24 hours I decided to aim a bit higher), and if you can help with a donation that’s great and thank you. But if you can’t that’s fine too. All I’d ask is that you read this story and share this on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google +, or wherever so the word gets out. The more people that hear about it, the more money we’ll raise together for a great cause; that’s simple maths.
Oh, and one final thing… If all of the above isn’t enough to motivate you to donate and/or spread the word then consider this: I’ve been exercising in the same £15 sports shoes since I started losing weight four and a bit years ago and I’ve vowed not to change them until after my race. That’s them in the picture below. Horrible aren’t they? They’ve done thousands of miles of running, cycling, rowing and cross-training and they are falling apart, smell worse than you can possibly imagine, and are destroying my feet. So consider my continued suffering an added bonus.
Thanks and please donate, share and spread the word. If you have already, then you have my gratitude now and always.
My Just Giving page can be found here: http://www.justgiving.com/ChrisOrr1