I’m pleased to say that yesterday I completed the 12th Marathon of the year (the Luton Marathon was called off last week). This brought the curtain down on a challenging but important year to get more people interest in the DRC. With no marathon available to run, I decided to do a self-made marathon and head for Richmond Park, it was cold, it took 4 hours but I did it and completed the 12 marathons in 12 months.
My aim this year was to get more people to understand and take an interest in the conflict of the DRC, because sadly not enough people appreciate the unstable environment in Eastern Congo. To give you an indication of what your donations have helped create this year, I’d be keen to show you some of the outputs that you’ve helped me achieve:
- Channel 4 News – http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/world/africa/congo+rape+soldiers+we+abused+our+power/3764277.html
- BBC World Service – http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/programmes/2010/09/100908_outlook_rape_congo.shtml
- Online blogging – the Running for Congo blog has had over 11,000 hits this year – http://www.runforcongo.wordpress.com
This is only a selection of the coverage, but a tentative estimate is that approximately half a million people will have seen coverage of the DRC because of the challenge of running 12 marathons in 12 months for Congo.
I wanted to get more people to take an interest in the DRC and understand why I’m so passionate about this area and I have been overwhelmed by the level of interest and messages of support that I have received. It has been astonishing to see people channel their support into such generous donations during these austere times. Women for Women and Amnesty International have asked me to pass on their thanks and wish you a Merry Christmas.
With your support I’ve been able to raise over £8,000, with a further £2000 donated through GiftAid. To put this in perspective for every mile that I’ve ran this year, people have donated over £31. This wouldn’t have happened without your support.
Now that this challenge has been completed I wanted to thank you once again for taking an interest in the goal of running 12 marathons in 12 months but most importantly helping me make more people aware of the conflict in the Eastern DRC and the severe impact that this has on families in the DRC.
Many thanks and Happy Christmas,
P.s if you have any questions or would like further details about Running for Congo please contact me on: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07910518384
Races completed this year:
- Gloucester marathon – 3.15mins
- London Ultra-marathon (50km) – 4.25mins
- Duchy Marathon – 2.59mins
- London Marathon – 2.54mins
- South Downs off road race (11 miles)- 1.13mins
- Edinburgh marathon – 2.56mins
- Blenheim Triathlon (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run) – 1.25mins
- Run for Congo (10km) – 38mins
- South downs Marathon – 3hrs 25
- Asics Treadmill Marathon – 3.15 mins
- Iron man UK (2.2 mile swim, 112 mile bike, marathon) – 11hrs 58mins
- London Triathlon (1km swim, 40km bike, 10km run) – 2 hrs 27mins
- Marathon in the Congo – 3.45mins
- Nottingham Marathon – 2.56mins
- New York Marathon – 2.55mins
- Run for Congo (10km)- 38mins
- Self-made Marathon – 4 hours