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Would you run for charity?

  • By MencapUsr
  • 8th November 2019

Tom Metcalfe tells us about his experience running the Yorkshire Marathon for Leeds Mencap.

In recent years, there has been a massive increase in people running in general which has had a knock on impact for those choosing to run for charity.

Many people choose to run for a charity in memory of somebody or a cause close to their hearts – for a friend or to show their support for their local charity. This makes the experience ever so rewarding, not to mention that you are getting fit whilst doing so!

We caught up with Tom Metcalfe who ran the Yorkshire Marathon for us this year and raised a fantastic £238.10! Tom tells us about the challenges and the highlights of running a marathon.

He describes his experience as both powerful and a real rollercoaster.

“I chose to run for Leeds Mencap to help raise awareness of the crucial work that they do in and around Leeds, and to raise important funds that will make a real impact on peoples’ lives in our community.

Training for and running the marathon a real rollercoaster.  For me, the highlight was breaking through into the final couple of miles after a tough 22 – 24 mile stint.  I can’t recommend running a marathon for Leeds Mencap enough – it’s a powerful way to learn more about yourself and what you can achieve, but also to raise awareness of and raise funds to enable Leeds Mencap to continue to improve the lives of people living with learning disabilities in Leeds, and their families.”

Tom’s decision to run for us means we can continue to provide for the children and young people that benefit from our services. Without your continued support we wouldn’t be able to help our families the way we do.

Do you fancy doing something different today? We have one space left in the London Marathon 2020 and for those who would like a bit of time to train, spaces are available to book for the October 2020 Yorkshire Marathon. We’ll be here to support you every step of the way.

Please contact us on info@leedsmencap.org.uk or 0113 235 1331 to find out more.

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