Oli Clegg, our centre supervisor at YMCA Poulton completed the Manchester Marathon in just over 4.5 hours and raised more than £2,500 for Mind Mental Health Charity. Read Oli’s blog below!
Running a marathon is a significant achievement for any athlete. It requires discipline, dedication, and an unwavering commitment to the training process. However, the rewards of completing such an accomplishment are immeasurable, and it’s a journey worth embarking on. My sister and I recently took on this challenge, and the experience was nothing short of extraordinary.
Our journey began when Harriet decided to raise money for a charity that helps with mental health, (Mind). We set ourselves a goal to raise a significant amount of money while also completing a full marathon. It was a lofty goal, but we were determined to achieve it.
Training for a marathon requires a great deal of preparation. We began by setting up a training plan that consisted of running five days a week, gradually increasing our mileage and intensity over time. We also included strength training, yoga, and rest days to ensure our bodies could handle the rigorous training schedule.
The training process was challenging, both physically and mentally. We faced numerous setbacks, from injuries to lack of motivation. But with each setback, we reminded ourselves of our purpose.
The marathon was gruelling, and we pushed ourselves to the limit. But with each mile, we felt a sense of accomplishment and pride. We were doing something that not everyone could do. We were running for a cause and pushing ourselves beyond our limits. We had family and friends dotted around at each mile which spurred us on even more. Not to mention the amazing Manchester crowds giving people motivation all the way.
Finally, we crossed the finish line, exhausted but elated. We had completed our first marathon, and the feeling of self-achievement was overwhelming. It was a feeling of accomplishment that we would carry with us forever.
The experience of running a marathon and raising money for a good cause with my sister was an extraordinary journey. It taught us that with determination, hard work, and a sense of purpose, anything is possible. We learned that the journey is just as important as the destination, and the rewards of accomplishing something that you put your heart into are immeasurable. It was a journey we will cherish for the rest of our lives. – Oli Clegg, YMCA Poulton.
Oli and his sister raised over £2,500 for Mind Mental Health Charity.
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