Melanie runs EMF Marathon in Support of Royal Blind

Posted: 18/07/2014 | Education,

Having run for a few years, I always planned to run my first marathon when I turned 40.  The natural choice was do run the Edinburgh marathon and raise money for the Royal Blind School to say a huge thank you to them on behalf of my entire family for all their support and care given to my Nephew Lloyd over the last 12 years.

When I started training I had no idea what a huge commitment I had taken on. I soon discovered that I would have to make sacrifices and be a bit selfish for a few months, which was sometimes as hard as the running itself!  However as the donations started to come in to my just giving page this gave me added determination. On days when it really was a struggle I just thought of Lloyd and all the other young people that my efforts would help.

Melanie Martin Runs for Royal BlindWhen I first started my online fundraising page on the Just Giving website I had hoped that we would raise £200-£300. I was amazed when the total quickly passed this amount and continued to go up.

I was overwhelmed by the number of people who donated and with how generous they were, I felt very proud every time I went out training wearing my Royal Blind running vest.  

Unfortunately I picked up an injury during training which meant I had to abandon my plan and just run the best I could when my pains allowed! There was a time when I wondered what if I can't complete the distance but not giving it my best shot was never an option.  

When I headed to the start on the day I was filled with a range of emotions and to be honest had to fight back the tears on many occasions. However, as soon as I joined the thousands of runners the adrenaline kicked in and it was - right, lets do this!

The support on the day was fantastic, I had my name on my top and so got lots of shouts the whole way round.  On the way out lots of my family were between the 5-8 miles sections and I managed to see them all. At 13 miles and 21 miles an old school friend was cheering me on with her kids which was lovely.  

To be honest the run was tougher than I had anticipated and I didn't run to my best on the day, the last few miles were a struggle.  But when I saw my hubby and son in the crowd it gave me the last bit of a lift that I needed, I gave it my all and crossed the finish with my arms in the air delighted to have got under four hours.  

My entire family was waiting for me in the family area and there was lots of tears of delight and pride, I have to say the best cuddle of all was with Lloyd. Even after the marathon donations have continued to come in and I am delighted and shocked to have raised £1800 for the Royal Blind School. I can't thank everyone enough for their support, I am so grateful and feel very proud.  Running the marathon is one of the hardest challenges I have ever  taken on, but it was definitely worth it.