I am running the London Marathon in 2017!

So on Twitter today I announced I had some good news! Sorry it isn’t as interesting as I am getting married or having a baby, but to me this is a f***ing big deal!

But to get straight to the point, I got given a place to run the London Marathon 2017 on behalf of Mind. They are an absolutely incredible charity who are doing amazing work for mental health. I’m so bloody excited!

As some of you may know, I suffer from mental health issues and so to be given the opportunity to raise money for a charity who has done so much good for the cause is absolutely amazing! I have to raise at least £2,000 before the marathon in April 2017, so I don’t have very long at all.

Running the London marathon will be such a huge challenge for me, both physically and mentally. As well as doing my bit for a charity close to my heart, I get to do a once in a lifetime experience by running 26.2 miles.

I am so unfit and will probably end up hurting myself, but I am determined to do it. I’m determined to show everyone who ever doubted me, that I am capable of doing great things if I put my mind to it!

I did a 5k for Cancer Research last June and was quite proud of doing it in under half an hour, so hopefully I can do the London marathon too! Not that big of a jump, totes doable… right?!


london marathon practice


I am hoping all of you lovely lot who are reading this, will help both me and others who suffer from mental illness by donating to me on behalf of Mind. I will have a fundraising page set up soon to encourage you to donate – any donations will be massively appreciated! Knowing me I will personally tweet / message you gushing about my gratefulness if you do! 🙂

If that wasn’t enough to convince you to donate, I have a cheeky lil money saver tip. Donating to charity gives you tax relief (that is what Gift Aid is). If you complete a tax return, make sure you put in the amount you have donated to charity! This extends the threshold on which you start paying 40% upwards so that you pay more tax at 20% as opposed to 40%! Mind will also receive extra money via gift aid as HMRC pay a little on top.


Ideas for fundraising

I would love if you could leave a comment and give me some more ideas on fundraising – I have come up with a few as follows:

Pole fitness fundraising days, to let people have a go at pole, in exchange for a small donation! (as long as my instructor agrees to let me use her space / help me! *hint hint* Amy!)

  • Quiz nights & board game nights
  • Raffles (with killer prizes obvs!)
  • Bag packing at Sainsbury’s! Yep, I will go to an actual supermarket despite my hatred for the place. Also open to standing with a bucket at the door like a lemon (assuming Sainsbury’s are cool with that)
  • Asking my work colleagues (on payday) very kindly for donations!
  • Guilt tripping friends and family
  • Cake sales!
  • Selling my old stuff on eBay


mind logo


What to expect

It looks like the gym will be my new home from now until next April. Winter training is painful but I hope to finish it within 6 hours (famous last words). To be able to say I did it at all though will be good enough for me!

So again, thanks so much to Mind for giving me the opportunity to do more to help myself & others tackle the stigma behind mental health, as well as allowing more people to get the help that they desperately need. I’ll try my best to raise at least £2k and hopefully more!

P.S. You can expect a bit more fitness / complaining about my life posts amongst my normal random crap. So, please feel free to subscribe to my blog, or follow me, to keep a nosey about what I’m doing!

I’m going to need all the support I can get, and getting new blog followers will always do wonders for my motivation! (I have no shame guilt tripping you like this!)


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  1. 03/11/2016 / 8:11 PM

    Quiz nights and raffles sound awesome!!! Congratulations on getting a marathon place!! It is so so exciting and I look forward to seeing your fitness posts x

  2. 03/11/2016 / 9:46 PM

    So happy for you lovely and for such a good cause! Good luck and make sure to nag us to donate when you have your page set up as we’d love to send you a donation! Keep us up to date!

    Jessica & James |

    • charliefriend
      04/11/2016 / 1:59 PM

      You guys know I will defo be bugging you guys for help in reaching my target mwahaha 😉 thanks guys! xx

  3. 03/11/2016 / 11:30 PM

    I know if you go to a car park and do car washing for a day at a fiver you can earn bucket loads! (see what I did there?) … I’ll help you wash of course :’) xx

    • charliefriend
      04/11/2016 / 1:57 PM

      That is a good idea Shan! You have volunteered so you have no choice but to help now 😉

  4. 15/11/2016 / 5:32 PM

    Wishing you the best of luck! A very worthwhile cause too 🙂

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