2.6 Challenge: Week 4 – COMPLETE!

2.6 Challenge: Week 4 – COMPLETE!

I'm so happy! This week I completed my 2.6 challenge! I'm so proud of myself. I started the 2.6 challenge on Sunday 26th April, to raise awareness and funds for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund. Like many charities, the Scoliosis Campaign Fund has been affected by the cancellation of fundraising events due to COVID19. The 2.6 challenge was launched to save the UK’s charities, and the idea is that people can do any challenge associated with the numbers 2 and/or 6. As...Read More
My 2.6 Challenge: Week 3

My 2.6 Challenge: Week 3

I’ve just finished week THREE of my 2.6 Challenge, so I wanted to write a quick blog post to document my runs over the past week. I started the 2.6 challenge on Sunday 26th April, in a bid to raise awareness and funds for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund. Like many charities, the Scoliosis Campaign Fund has been affected by the cancellation of fundraising events due to COVID19. The 2.6 challenge was launched to save the UK’s charities, and the idea is that people...Read More
My 2.6 Challenge: Week 2

My 2.6 Challenge: Week 2

I've just finished week 2 of my 2.6 Challenge so thought I'd write a blog post to document my runs over the past week. I started the 2.6 challenge on Sunday 26th April, in a bid to raise awareness and funds for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund. Like many charities, the Scoliosis Campaign Fund been affected by the cancellation of fundraising events due to COVID19. The 2.6 challenge was launched to save the UK's charities, and the idea is that people...Read More
My 2.6 Challenge: Week One

My 2.6 Challenge: Week One

This week, on Sunday 26th April, I started my 2.6 challenge, to raise vital funds and awareness of the Scoliosis Campaign Fund. If you are not aware of the 2.6 challenge, basically it is an initiative launched by the organisers of the London Marathon to save the UK's charities. As part of this challenge, I'll be running 2.6 miles, every day, for 26 consecutive days. This week so far, I have ran every day - in rain or shine! Running...Read More
2.6 Challenge and Machu Picchu Trek: UPDATE!

2.6 Challenge and Machu Picchu Trek: UPDATE!

This year marks 10 years since I had life-changing surgery on my spine to correct severe scoliosis. To raise money for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund I was planning on running Manchester Marathon in April this year, as well as completing a charity trek to Machu Picchu in October. As a result of the Coronavirus, the Manchester Marathon has been postponed, although I completed all the training including a 20 mile run just before lockdown! My Machu Picchu trek WILL be...Read More
My 2020 Challenges: Manchester Marathon & Machu Picchu

My 2020 Challenges: Manchester Marathon & Machu Picchu

This year marks 10 years since I had life-changing surgery on my spine to correct my scoliosis. I had scoliosis surgery on July 29th 2010. I’m fused T3 to L3, which basically means that pretty much my whole spine is fused apart from 3 discs at the bottom. Following my surgery, it took me over a year to fully recover and I had to learn the basics again such as walking and getting out of bed. It was a very painful...Read More
Walking the South West Coast Path

Walking the South West Coast Path

Walking the South West Coast Path: My experiences Ever since my experience of trekking the Great Wall of China last year, I have wanted to go on another trekking holiday. Not only do I love walking and hiking, I also find it helps my back whilst keeping me fit. Plus it's a great way to relax and reflect. So this year, I decided to push myself (again!) and my friend and I took on the South West Coast path in...Read More
Running Tough Mudder with scoliosis

Running Tough Mudder with scoliosis

I’m always looking for ways to challenge myself following my scoliosis surgery, and this weekend was no exception. Yesterday, I completed my first Tough Mudder – a 10 mile mud run with 20 obstacles that you have to see to believe! The obstacles are extreme and include electrocution, being plunged into ice-cold water, swimming/wading through freezing cold lakes, crawling through the mud under barbed wire, climbing (or being pulled!) over huge 12 foot walls – the list goes on! With...Read More
My first half marathon: Great Manchester Run

My first half marathon: Great Manchester Run

A couple of weeks ago (Sunday 20th May), I took part in a massive personal challenge - my first half marathon (The Great Manchester Run). I wanted to share this on my blog just to show that with hard work, anything is possible. My first half marathon - training I love to push myself and completing a half marathon was one of my goals for this year. So back in January, I signed up to the Manchester half marathon, which...Read More
Trekking the Great Wall of China: What to wear

Trekking the Great Wall of China: What to wear

This post contains affiliate links If you've been following my blog for a while, you may know that last year I took part in a trek across the Great Wall of China to raise some much needed money for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund. Since then, I have been asked on several occasions about what to take and wear whilst trekking the Great Wall, so I thought I'd put a bit of a post together based on my own experiences. Trekking the...Read More
Wow… I’ve raised £1,420 for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund!

Wow… I’ve raised £1,420 for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund!

Hi everyone, Just a quick post to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who sponsored me for my Great Wall of China Trek. I managed to raise an amazing £1,420 (including gift aid) for the Scoliosis campaign fund!!! My fundraising page is closing tomorrow so if anyone would like to make a last minute donation there’s still time 😊... it means so much to me that I managed to complete the trek and raise so much money for a charity close...Read More
Great Wall of China Trek: Day 5 – Badaling section

Great Wall of China Trek: Day 5 – Badaling section

So we're now onto day 5, the final day of the trek and my final post about my Great Wall of China trek for scoliosis. In case you are new to my blog or have missed any posts, I’m blogging about my Great Wall of China trek that I did to raise money for the Scoliosis Campaign fund a few weeks ago. If you want to catch up, you can check out my other posts below… Great Wall of China Trek: Day...Read More
Great Wall of China Trek Day 4: Huanghuacheng

Great Wall of China Trek Day 4: Huanghuacheng

Hi everyone, I'm slowly making my way through blogging about my Great Wall of China trek that I did to raise money for the Scoliosis Campaign fund a few weeks ago. If you want to catch up, check out the posts below... Great Wall of China Trek: Day 1 – Jinshanling Loop Great Wall of China Trek: Day 2 – Gubeikou Section Great Wall of China Trek: Day 3 – Mutianyu section By doing this trek, I have managed to...Read More
Great Wall of China Trek: Day 3 – Mutianyu section

Great Wall of China Trek: Day 3 – Mutianyu section

Hi everyone, After posting about day 1 and day 2 of my Great Wall of China trek last week, I've finally had chance to sit down and write day 3. It still doesn't feel real like I actually did it! I'm so pleased that by doing this trek I have managed to raise OVER £1,000 for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund! I’m going to leave my sponsor page open for donations until the end of November, so if you’d like to donate and support...Read More