Race for life – running to kick cancer in the ass!

Today was a good day! Today, two of my closest friends and I ran race for life in Regents Park, London to raise money for cancer research. We raised over £1200 in 5 days! Really, credit should go to all the people who donated to our cause and so I’d like to say a big public THANK YOU!!

We did a Santa Run in Richmond Park, London back in December and raised over £2,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital. So often when people do these charity runs, they are doing it for the charity. And while of course, I’m doing it to raise money for the charity, I’m also doing it for me. Because running and fundraising make me happy. And when we’re happy, we can make others around us happy too. So expect me to be rattling my donation tin at you often!! 🙂

Jokes aside, why was this race important to me? I’ve had three too many people in my life battle cancer. One lost his battle, the second beat cancer and the third is kicking cancer’s ass as I write this. Today I ran for my aunt. Because even when she’s going through something I can’t possibly imagine, she laughs and she jokes and she gives great advice. It can’t be easy and yet she’s so positive. She was my inspiration today.

Here are a few pictures from this morning. And I wouldn’t be English if I didn’t mention the weather!! Not too hot, not too cold…but most importantly, it stayed dry! London you did good!

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Our race for life selfie

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On the official Race for Life 2014 t-shirts 🙂

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My family – my biggest supporters

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With S at the end of the race 🙂

My time was 36 minutes and 55 seconds. I was super pleased because it was approx. 6 minutes off my time since our Santa Run in December.

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The power of the internet

I’m sure almost everyone reading this has been approached on the street by a volunteer from Cancer Research UK, the RSPCA, the NSPCC (insert your charity of choice here) asking for a donation or a regular contribution to their charity. And I’m almost certain that 9/10 times you’ll say you’re in a rush, pretend to be on your phone or walk by them very quickly looking down. No judgement, I’ve done it myself!

But this week, Cancer Research UK raised over £8m in just 6 days through a campaign they didn’t even start!! #nomakeupselfies

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From left-right (top): Michelle Heaton, Holly Willoughby and Kym Marsh (and below, what they look like when they are on TV).

Selfies seem to have taken over the world!! I’ve seen girls at bus stops tweaking their mouths to get the perfect pout before taking a selfie, I saw another girl stop in the middle of Oxford Street and take a selfie (there wasn’t anything picture worthy behind her), S loves to take selfies although he often misses the camera and we’ve taken a few silly selfies on rainy Saturday mornings at home. Oh and ofcourse, there was the Ellen DeGeneres selfie from the Oscars which was retweeted over 2 million times before the end of the show (what’s that? 2-3 hours?) 2 million retweets!!! Let that sink in for a second…

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When I first heard about the campaign, I thought, “How is putting a makeup less picture of myself on Facebook going to make a difference?” And in fact I don’t think it does make a difference, not the picture anyway, but the donation does. The picture is just to give everyone something to do. It actually plays on our pride. I know some people who wanted to donate and had their picture ready but wouldn’t unless they were “nominated” and I know many other’s who wouldn’t dream of putting a make up less selfie up. But what are we so afraid of? That people are going to see what we really look like? That people are going to see us without our masks on? Vulnerable? Exposed? And for me that’s the crunch. Acknowledging how we feel about ourselves, not being afraid to put ourselves out there and realising that there are far worst things than a make up less picture on Facebook, and that we have so much to feel grateful for.

So here’s mine:

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What are your thoughts? Did you do one?