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Finn’s Challenge Pt3

Target met, the countdown to race day begins…

After months of boring everyone at Macknade and all around me with tales of blisters, split times and fundraising, race day is in sight. With less than three weeks to go to the big day the nervous apprehension is setting in.

Over the last six weeks, my run distances have increased and by Easter I was running 20 miles along the Thanet coastal wall. I have worked my way through a series of injuries, from my achilles tendon to both knees, my hip and most recently to my calf & multiple persistent blisters! Happily however, none of them have stopped me and I am still running.

As the final few weeks count down, and the real thing approaches, I am now reducing the distance of my runs to preserve energy and minimise the risk of injury for the race itself. 18 miles this week, 10 next and then 26.2!

Maybe the biggest test has already been achieved however and I am thrilled to have met my fundraising target of £2,000 with three weeks to go.

This seemed a daunting target and as much of a challenge as the run itself. However, through the incredible generosity of so many people, I now have the opportunity to really smash it and pass £2,500.

I have to say that so much of this has been achieved thanks to the support of Macknade and the whole team.  Everyone including our suppliers, customers and the team itself has contributed and provide added inspiration.

In February, 25 of us enjoyed our now famous fancy dress Zumba evening, hosted by the incredible Leigh Miles, and with great prizes from Whitstable Pickle Co and Hush Heath Vineyard.  Fundraising as a team, we raised £550, which really broke the back of the target.

Donations have continued to roll in, and in the glorious weather of early April, I hosted a Paella party. With nearly 50 adults and children, we raised over £700, catapulting me over my £2,000 target. Contributions from Old Dairy Brewery and Shepherd Neame were very gratefully received, but the generosity of Macknade was incredible with the donation of the majority of the food.

A final installment will be written with tales of the day and I can’t wait. I am promised that there will be strong presence of the Macknade team there to heckle me, that is if they can find their way from the pub in time to see me zoom past!

The whole period from having received my place in November through to this stage has been a pleasure and it reminds me genuinely what a great place Macknade is to be a part of. Everyone has had a laugh at the thought of me shuffling my way around but vitally, so many have contributed to supporting the great work Oxfam do.

Finally, without taking any credit, it is great to see so many of the team now talking about other goals, whether that be taking up Zumba, starting walking during lunch, signing up for other half marathons etc. The team at Macknade are recognising the opportunity and benefit of enjoying a healthy challenge.

The pressure is now on for me to deliver on Sunday 24th!!!

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