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Want to be part of my final run of my #1000milechallenge?

Ironic that I was planning on completing my 2017 running #1000milechallenge for Children in Need today and it goes and decides to snow heavily today. Out of all the days to snow, it had to be today didn’t it. 

But at least I have time on my side and only 10k distance left to run to complete my challenge of running 1,000 miles in one year. 993.8 miles ran in 2017.

The plan is to complete my challenge next Sunday (17 December). 
Venue: Sandwell Valley Country Park, West Bromwich
Start time: 9.15am
Finish time: Around 10.20am – 10.35am.
Start/Finish: Sandwell Valley Showground

Let me know if you are up for a 10k run next Sunday and be part of my final run of my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need. Hope to film my final mile of 2017 live. If you are up for the 10k, happy for you to dress up as Santa’s as Christmas is just around the corner.

Thank you to you all for your superb support and I wouldn’t be where I am today without your support so thank you so much. Please keep donating at www.justgiving.com/Manish-Patel1000.

It is almost over and the is in sight.

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An unbelievable night and the finishing line beckoning

It’s fair to say that 17 November 2017 will live long in the memory and a night I will never forget.

I’m proud and honoured to have been invited to this year’s Children in Need Appeal Night at the BBC Studios in Elstree which I will go onto to talk about later in this blog. CIN Appeal Night

I mentioned in the title about the finishing line on the horizon. I’m 930 miles into my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need with 70 miles now left to run this year. Still a long way to go to complete my challenge but slowly getting there.

‘Taking it one run at a time’ has been my mantra throughout the whole of 2017 and that’s exactly how I’m going to approach the final 70 miles. The aim will be to complete my challenge in mid-December. Time will tell.

Running 930 miles this year is a decent achievement but nothing has been achieved yet. At no point this year have I been complacent and I’m just going to keep focused and get these 70 miles done. Bring it on!

A lot has happened since I last blogged in August. Been on holiday to Spain, ran two full marathons and even managed to run 100 miles in September. It was great to get some warm weather training in Spain and managed to squeeze in three runs during the one week holiday.

The marathons

So in September I ran the Wolverhampton Marathon and in October the Birmingham International Marathon.

The Wolverhampton Marathon was a very tough marat

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hon I’m not going to lie. So many hills and by the end I was totally shattered. Completed it in over 4 hours and 33 minutes. Had I not taken a wrong turning at the halfway point, I might have been much closer to achieving a third PB time of the year.

However I did manage a third personal best time of the year (just over 4 hours and 25 minutes) at the Birmingham Marathon. Have to admit the atmosphere on the day was quite special and it was a great feeling running a marathon in my home city.

 

Really hope the Birmingham Marathon is here to stay for a long time and for sure I will be running the marathon next year. Decent course and again the support was amazing.

Appeal Night

Now then onto the Children in Need Appeal Night. Quite simply a truly inspiring and emotional night.

The first surprise came when I found out I had my own dressing room. Not that I was complaining one bit. Then the next thing you know, you are in the same corridor as the likes of Ore Oduba, The Vamps, Kimberley Walsh, Kate Garraway and Peter Andre to name just a few. CIN Appeal Night (1)

With around 90 minutes left before the live show got underway at 7.30pm, I was taken to the studios where I found out that Tess Daly would be asking a few questions about my challenge during the live show. Boy was I so excited. To be in the presence of so many celebrities and so many inspirational fundraisers on the night, it was a superb feeling.

There were so many stories that were featured on the night that really touched me and had me almost welling up. But these stories also put into perspective the difference people’s donations to Children in Need can make to help change the lives of young/disadvantaged children in the UK.

We were all asked at turn our phones off during the live show and at that point I had raised just over £750. As I turned on my phone just after 10pm, next thing I know I’m up to over £1,000 in donations and bombarded with so many messages. I have now been able to raise over £1,100 and its fair to say I am dead chuffed.

It will be a night I will never forget and would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everyone who has donated. I would also like to thank everyone at Children in Need for giving me the chance to be part of such a special night. You are all a credit to yourselves and again thank you so much for the invite. CIN Appeal Night (4)

Please keep continuing to donate and help make a difference to improve the lives of young/disadvantaged children in the UK. Even if it’s just a couple of pounds, please donate generously and every penny and pound donated will go towards projects nationally to help children build better lives.

You can donate online by visiting my JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Manish-Patel1000.

You can also follow my progress during my #1000milechallenge by visiting my JustGiving, Twitter (@Baggies20) and Instagram (manishpatel89) pages.

Thank you so much.

 

 

 

Marathon No.3 of 2017 on the horizon

Find it hard to believe that my next marathon of 2017 is exactly two weeks away. Nervous? Yes. Excited? Yes

My next marathon is the Wolverhampton Marathon and having ran the course last year, I more or less know what to expect this time round. It won’t be easy for sure and it is a marathon with a number of hills.

But honestly I feel better prepared going into the Wolverhampton Marathon this year and am hoping for my third personal best time this year having already ran two marathons in 2017.

 Progress

I’m 645 miles into my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need now. Still find it quite remarkable I’ve been able to run 645 miles since the first day of 2017. Sleuth

This week I was able to clock up 27 miles in two runs. The first of those two runs was a nine miler and it was the first time I ran from work to home. It wasn’t the quickest of runs but a good one nonetheless.

However the following day I got up feeling drowsy and pretty tired. I’d never felt that way the next day after doing a run. But reflecting on what happened, maybe I didn’t take on enough fluids after my run and didn’t get much sleep.

The second run of the week took place yesterday where I was able to do an 18 mile run. It was a decent run even if I was getting tired towards the end. Always nice to run in Birmingham and take in some of the city’s sights. And of course take a moment to take some selfies.

So as I’ve already mentioned, my next marathon is in two weeks’ time and once I have completed the Wolverhampton Marathon all eyes will be on the next one in October at the Birmingham Marathon.

I’m on target to complete my challenge and am really happy with the progress. Still a long way to go though and very much taking it one run at a time.

But as you know, I’m doing all this to inspire young children in the UK and help make a difference to improve the lives of young/disadvantaged children in the UK.

By donating to Children in Need, these are just some of the ways your donation can help change the lives of many disadvantaged children:

  • A £2 donation can help an 11-year-old boy with autism develop his co-ordination and confidence at a trampoline session
  • A £10 donation can help a young child take part in a speech therapy course where they can manage their stammering and grow in confidence when interacting with others

Even if it’s just a couple of pounds, please donate generously and every penny and pound donated will go towards projects nationally to help children build better lives. It will also help children to achieve their potential and turn their dreams into reality. Please help make a difference. Thank you so much.

You can donate online by visiting my JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Manish-Patel1000.

You can also follow my progress during my #1000milechallenge by visiting my JustGiving, Twitter (@Baggies20) and Instagram (manishpatel89) pages.

 

600 miles up

A lot has happened since I last blogged about my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need so thought I would update you all with where I am.

The 600 mile mark is up and am now 604.1 miles into my challenge. With two marathons coming up, training is going well for those marathons and have even started to go swimming again.

Last time out managed to swim 60 lengths. Have to admit I’m not a great swimmer but still to do 60 lengths I was happy with that. Even started to go to the gym after so many years.

I’m feeling fitter and stronger which is a positive. But ultimately there is still a long way to go in terms of where I want to get fitness wise. DSC_0091

When it comes to running, I’ve started to use Science in Sport running gels. It is still very much early days getting use to the gels but I am already feeling the benefits which is a real plus. They are giving me more energy and my running endurance/performances are improving ever so slightly which again is a positive.

By all means there have been some tough runs since I last blogged in June but I’m generally feeling very positive. And I’ll also be representing #TeamWestBrom in the 800m at this year’s AMSUK Sports Festival.

Wolverhampton Marathon

The Wolverhampton Marathon will be my third marathon of 2017 and fair to say I’m very much looking forward to it.

My first ever 26 miler was last year’s Wolverhampton Marathon. It was a proud moment for me to complete my first marathon and a day I will never forget. The first half of the race was not too bad but admittedly the second half of the race was a real struggle. 20x30-bruk6057

On reflection of my first marathon, I feel as if I overdid it pace-wise in the first half and went too quick. I was also obsessed in doing it sub-four hours. I finished the race in just under four hours and 43 minutes. But still to finish the race was a happy moment.

I’ve already ran two marathons in 2017 and have also recorded two personal bests. What happened in Wolverhampton last year, I’ve learnt an awful lot from the way I performed in that race. It’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish.

The positive thing about the marathons I have completed this year, in Manchester the first time I stopped running and began to walk was when I got to 21 miles and in Liverpool 19 miles. I do need to work on performing well in the final five-six miles but knowing I went far into those races until I started to walk is a positive. It’s something I can build on going into the Wolverhampton Marathon.

Running for a great cause

I’m running 1,000 miles this year for Children in Need to raise money to help make a difference to improve the lives of young/disadvantaged children in the UK.

By donating to Children in Need, these are just some of the ways your donation can help change the lives of many disadvantaged children:

  • A £2 donation can help an 11-year-old boy with autism develop his co-ordination and confidence at a trampoline session
  • A £10 donation can help a young child take part in a speech therapy course where they can manage their stammering and grow in confidence when interacting with others

Even if it’s just a couple of pounds, please donate generously and every penny and pound donated will go towards projects nationally to help children build better lives. It will also help children to achieve their potential and turn their dreams into reality. Please help make a difference. Thank you so much.

You can donate online by visiting my JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Manish-Patel1000.

You can also follow my progress during my #1000milechallenge by visiting my JustGiving, Twitter (@Baggies20) and Instagram (manishpatel89) pages.

Halfway distance reached

Well I can now say that I have reached the halfway mark of my Children in Need #1000milechallenge after my latest run.

A 15.5 mile run yesterday means I have now ran 504.4 miles since New Year’s Day of this year. Feeling pretty chuffed I am halfway through my challenge now. 24.06.17

Still an awfully long way to go but knowing I’m past the halfway mark is pleasing to say the least. But the training is only going to be tougher with two more full marathons on the horizon.

Those marathons being the Wolverhampton Marathon in September and Birmingham Marathon in October.

Heatwave

If you are living in the UK and are reading this, you will know that we had a recent heatwave. Typical British weather, this coming week looks set to be cooler and wet.

So the crazy and mad character that is me, decided to do a run straight after work on one of the warmest days of the year so far (roughly 25/26c). And I had a bag on my back. 20.06.17 - Insta

It was going to be at least a 7.5 mile run and even before I started the run, I decided I wasn’t going to overdo it pacewise.  Of course staying hydrated was going to be a key factor.

Not going to lie, it wasn’t the easiest of runs and it was tough. But at the end of the day I completed the run, kept myself well hydrated and cool by pouring water over myself as well as going at a comfortable pace. It was actually a decent run and one I enjoyed. I was beginning to get tired in the final mile but so many positives to take and it was good to get an experience of running in very warm conditions.

Running for a great cause

 

As you all know, I’m doing all this for Children in Need to raise money to help make a difference to improve the lives of young/disadvantaged children in the UK.

By donating to Children in Need, these are just some of the ways your donation can help change the lives of many disadvantaged children:

  • A £2 donation can help an 11-year-old boy with autism develop his co-ordination and confidence at a trampoline session
  • A £10 donation can help a young child take part in a speech therapy course where they can manage their stammering and grow in confidence when interacting with others

Here are also some pointers on where your donations are going towards and what projects Children in Need have funded in the past year:

  • Over £170,000 has been awarded to help fund projects to support children who have experienced distress
  • Over £2m has gone towards projects supporting children who have experienced poverty and deprivation
  • Over £560,000 has gone to projects supporting children who have a medical condition

Please donate generously even if it’s just a couple of pounds. Every penny and pound donated will go towards projects nationally to help children build better lives. It will also help children to achieve their potential and turn their dreams into reality. Please help make a difference. Thank you so much.

You can donate online by visiting my JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Manish-Patel1000.

You can also follow my progress during my #1000milechallenge by visiting my JustGiving, Twitter (@Baggies20) and Instagram (manishpatel89) pages.

Thank you so much.

 

Two marathons down in 2017, two to go and a personal best achieved

A fantastic weekend with the family in Liverpool and a personal best achieved in your third full marathon, couldn’t have asked for a better weekend really. And I had the weather on my side on race day.

The last time I visited Liverpool was back in 2000/2001 on a school trip when I was in primary school. I was so looking forward to going back to Merseyside for the marathon and I was not disappointed. I can honestly say Liverpool is a wonderful, vibrant city and I will be going back for sure.

A top weekend in a brilliant city and an enjoyable Liverpool Marathon.

The Marathon

(Video recorded day after the marathon – 29 May 2017) 

For some reason come race day, I was feeling a tad nervous. Even though it was my third full marathon, I was a bit more anxious compared to how I was feeling before my first and second marathons. Maybe it was because of what happened in Manchester last week.

Talking of which, a minute’s applause took place before the full marathon got underway on Sunday to remember the victims of the horrific Manchester terror attack. My thoughts and heartfelt feelings go out to the families and friends who lost loved ones in the attack and to everyone who was in Manchester on this tragic night.

Once I started running and began to get the miles under my belt, I felt more at ease and it was great talking to fellow runners not just about running but life in general. DSC_0091

I’m a massive football fan and people who know me will know I am a big West Bromwich Albion fan. As part of the course, I ran past Goodison Park and Anfield. I knew that both Everton and Liverpool’s stadiums are situated close to each other. But until I ran the course, I couldn’t believe the proximity of just how close both famous stadiums are to each other and literally all that divides them is Stanley Park.

Going past Chinatown, the Liver Building and into Penny Lane were just some of the other landmarks I came across on the marathon route. It was only until mile 19 when I first stopped and prior to then, I was going at a comfortable pace running each mile consistently between 9-10 minutes. Nothing spectacular but it was a pace I was happy with.

After mile 19, I had many stop and start situations where I began to ran and then had to walk. It was frustrating but I knew I was so close to completing the marathon and it wasn’t time to throw in the towel.

Being a quitter is not in my dictionary and thinking about why I was doing the marathon was helping me get through those final miles. And actually going into the final stretch of the marathon and out of nowhere, I was able to find a little oomph and gave it everything I had to get across that finishing line. I know this sounds cliché but the crowd definitely motivated/spurred me on to the finish.

The support we runners had from the crowds, who turned out in their thousands, was brilliant and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came out to will us on. The events throughout the weekend were very well organised and thank you to everyone who played their part in making the Rock’n’Roll weekend in Liverpool a one to remember. DSC_0117

It would have been nice to have finished closer to the 4hr 20min mark, but if you said at the start of the marathon you would beat your previous best by 1min and 40secs, I would have snatched your hand off. I can’t complain and finished the marathon in 4:25:49. A respectable time.

Weather-wise it was mild with plenty of light cloud. And just as I was about to reach the final stretch of the race, the sun began to break out to top the day off. A brilliant day and one that will live long in the memory.

Running for a top cause

After running the Rock’n’Roll Liverpool Marathon, I’m now 425.4 miles into my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need and running to help make a difference to improve the lives of young/disadvantaged children in the UK.

I’m taking on my 2017 #1000milechallenge to help inspire young children to never give up in life. Children may have a disability but that shouldn’t stop them from going onto succeed in life. No one should be afraid to follow their dreams. You can achieve anything if you work hard, think positive and believe in yourself.

DSC_0142Your donation can help change and improve the lives of young people and bring a smile to their face. For example a £2 donation can help an 11-year-old boy with autism develop his co-ordination and confidence at a trampoline session. A £10 donation can help a young child to take part in a speech therapy course where they can manage their stammering and grow in confidence when interacting with others.

Please donate generously even if it’s just a couple of pounds. Every penny and pound donated will go towards projects nationally to help children build better lives. It will also help children to achieve their potential and turn their dreams into reality. Please help make a difference. Thank you so much.

You can donate online by visiting my JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Manish-Patel1000.

You can also follow my progress during my #1000milechallenge by visiting my JustGiving, Twitter (@Baggies20) and Instagram (manishpatel89) pages.

Thank you so much.

 

 

One marathon down, three to go in 2017

It’s been just over a couple of weeks now since I ran the Manchester Marathon and I’m now 296.8 miles into my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need.

Since the Manchester Marathon I must admit I have been easing back into my running and haven’t been pushing myself too much (although I did do 15.8 miles on 15 April). But I have to say I am enjoying my running more than ever and am feeling good right now.

Training is going well and now busy preparing for the Birmingham 10k at the end of April and the Liverpool Marathon at the end of May.

Reflecting

Looking back on the Manchester Marathon (my second full marathon and the first in 2017), I can honestly say that it was a fantastic day. So many great people running for a number of charities/great causes and the support from the Manchester people was incredible.

It’s just amazing what having support can do for you. Just gives you that eDSC_0283xtra incentive to do well and extra oomph.

Keeping myself regularly hydrated (water) and eating jelly babies really did help and will bear this in mind going forward when taking part in future marathons.

The race itself went well and it was only until I got to mile 21 that I started to walk. Once I reached mile 21 I did then stop and start more often than I would have liked. But up until the 21st mile, I paced myself well and honestly felt comfortable. So there are plenty of positives to take from the marathon.

And if you said to me at the start of the Manchester Marathon that you would finish the race 15 minutes quicker than the time recorded at your first ever marathon, I would have snatched your hand off.

Overall a top day and the weather was perfect for running. And the day was topped off with a free pint of Erdinger Alkoholfrei. Can’t complain really.

Liverpool Marathon here I come. You can also check out my video blog reflecting on the Manchester Marathon (published on 08 April).

(YouTube video blog published on 08 April)

Children in Need

Running the Manchester Marathon was part of my 2017 #1000milechallenge for Children in Need to help improve the lives of young/disadvantaged children in the UK.

My #ReasonToRun for Children in Need this year is to inspire young/disadvantaged children to never give up in life and never turn your back on your dreams. Children may have a disability but that shouldn’t stop them from going onto succeed in life. No one should be afraid to follow their dreams. You can achieve anything if you work hard, think positive and believe in yourself.

Your donation can help change and improve the lives of young people and bring a smile to their face. Please donate generously even if it’s just a couple of pounds. Every penny and pound donated will go towards projects nationally to help children build better lives. It will also help children to achieve their potential and turn their dreams into reality. Please help make a difference. Thank you so much.

You can donate online by visiting my JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Manish-Patel1000.

You can also follow my progress during my #1000milechallenge by visiting my JustGiving, Twitter (@Baggies20) and Instagram (manishpatel89) pages.

212.4 miles up

So the Manchester Marathon is now just two weeks away and to be honest, I can’t wait to be on that starting line.

I’m feeling in decent shape going into the marathon but ultimately I know there is still a very long way to go in terms of where I want to get to fitness and running wise. But still there are plenty of positives I can take heading into the Manchester Marathon in 14 days time.

Yesterday I completed my longest run of 2017 and ran 18.2 miles. Admittedly I was shattered after the run but proud I was able to cover that distance. I’m now 212.4 miles into my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need and over a fifth of the way through the challenge. 18.03.17

Looking ahead to the Manchester Marathon, it is going to be a long hard slog and I am hoping to do it in sub four hours. Wouldn’t be the end of the world if I wasn’t able to complete the marathon in under four hours. But it really would be a fine achievement for me if I was able to complete the 26 miles in under four hours.

 #ReasonToRun

As you all know, I’m taking on the #1000milechallenge this year for Children in Need to help improve the lives of young/disadvantaged children in the UK.

I know I keep harping on about this but having had early learning difficulties during my early childhood days, I can relate to the challenges so many young/disadvantaged children have to overcome on a daily basis. No child should ever have to struggle in life.

My #ReasonToRun for Children in Need this year is to inspire young/disadvantaged children to never give up in life and never turn your back on your dreams. Children may have a disability but that shouldn’t stop them from going onto succeed in life. No one should be afraid to follow their dreams. You can achieve anything if you work hard, think positive and believe in yourself.

Your donation can help change and improve the lives of young people and bring a smile to their face. Please donate generously even if it’s just a couple of pounds. Every penny and pound donated will go towards projects nationally to help children build better lives. It will also help children to achieve their potential and turn their dreams into reality. Please help make a difference and thank you.

You can donate online by visiting my JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Manish-Patel1000.

You can also follow my progress during my #1000milechallenge by visiting my JustGiving, Twitter (@Baggies20) and Instagram (manishpatel89) pages.

21 days and counting until the Manchester Marathon

Hard to believe that its three weeks until I run the first of four marathons in 2017. 02 April is the day I run the Manchester Marathon for Children in Need and I simply cannot wait.

Yesterday was the longest run I did this year (16.4 miles) and it was an enjoyable one albeit I was getting tired towards the end of the run. 23 miles clocked this week and the plan for next weekend is to do an 18/19 mile long run. Will be tough but with the right attitude, determination and perseverance, I know I can do it.

Its now 186.7 miles into my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need and things are going in the right direction. Honestly I’m enjoying my running more than ever and am very excited to be on that staring line in Manchester on 02 April.

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Stats from my 7.5 mile run on 08 March 2017

I’m in a good place right now in my life and I also started a new job on Monday. So there is a lot to be positive about and I hope I can spread my positive energy onto people reading this blog and people who know me.

If you want something in life, you have to work hard and believe in yourself. Nothing will be given to you easily. You can achieve anything if you have a positive mind, determined and have the right attitude. Don’t let anyone say to you, you can’t do it. Let your actions do the talking for you and don’t ever give up in life and don’t look back on your life with any regrets.

Promotion

Couple of weeks ago I was on the BBC Asian Network and spoke to Nihal about my #1000milechallenge. In case you missed it, below is the link and listen back from 2:54:20.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08drsg8#play. An enjoyable experience it was. bbcan

In the same week I also went back to my high school to give pupils an inspirational/motivational talk and discuss my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need. It felt like I was back at home and I have so many fond memories of my time at high school.

Time flies by when you are having fun and so much has changed since I was last there. It was a tad emotional for sure but it was great to go back.

Help make a difference

Children in Need really does have a place in my heart and having had early learning difficulties during my early childhood days, I can relate to the challenges so many young/disadvantaged children have to overcome on a daily basis. No child should ever have to struggle in life.

It is not right or fair that so many families as well as young/disabled children have to tackle so many challenges every day. I want to help make a difference to improve the lives of families and young/disadvantaged children in the UK.

Children may have a disability but that should never stop them from dreaming big and going onto to achieve their hopes in life. If you are confident, work hard and believe in yourself, you can achieve anything.

Please donate to a great cause and help make a difference. You can donate online by visiting my JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Manish-Patel1000.

You can also follow my progress during my #1000milechallenge by visiting my JustGiving, Twitter (@Baggies20) and Instagram (manishpatel89) pages.

And don’t forget if you would like to get involved with my challenge, message me and I would love to hear from you.

 

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