Nicky Busby has set herself a challenge this year, to run 1000Km in 2015 and in the process raise money for the Appeal. Nicky has now achieved half of her 1000Km target.
Here Nicky shares with you her challenge and her reason for running.
I've always loved raising money for charity by completing long distance walks. I've raised around £20,000 for various charities including the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, The RNLI and Bradford Cancer Support.
I never thought for a second I would become a runner! I was taking part in the Humber Bridge Walk for the British Heart Foundation in September last year when a friend of mine said "You really should think about running you know, it would be a new challenge for you and you'd make a great runner!" After much thought I decided I'd give it a go! So, in October last year I began running (jogging!) on a treadmill at the local gym. I could barely run for 20 minutes without feeling exhausted! I stuck at it and eventually ran my first 10K in the gym in just over an hour. I decided to sign up for the Leeds Abbey Dash to get a feel for what it was like to be involved in an organised run. To my amazement I completed the 10K run in 58 minutes. By this time I was hooked on running.
I decided on January 1st that I was going to set myself a new challenge and run 1000 kilometres in 2015. To be honest, I didn't even know that it would be possible! I got up early on New Year's Day to see the sunrise on the coast and ran from the Scarborough Spa to the Sea Life Centre and back. That was the start of my 1000K journey!
I wanted to raise money for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal as I'm sure that all runners and non-runners everywhere will agree that Jane was an incredible inspiration. Her determination to complete a series of athletic challenges despite battling terminal cancer was incredible. Whenever I think about giving up I simply think about Jane and how hard it must have been for her.
I have now completed 10 organised runs including the Percy Pud 10K in Sheffield, The National Trust Night Run at Nostell Priory and the Wakefield 10K. My fastest time so far for a 10K run is 51 minutes which was at Flamingo Land earlier this year.
I really surprised myself by completing my first half marathon in April where I raised hundreds of pounds for Myeloma UK. I then signed up for the Leeds Half Marathon in May!
If I can inspire other people to run to help raise money for charity or to simply keep fit it would be amazing.
I am looking forward to my next run, the Leeds 10K on July 12th along with thousands of other runners.
I've now run half my target distance. I've lost two toenails from my constant trotting and have had a leg injury that put me out of action for two weeks in February! I am determined to keep going and to raise as much money as possible for this worthy cause. One of my favourite sayings is: 'One person can't do everything but everyone can do something!'
I would be grateful to anyone who would kindly donate to my justgiving page: www.justgiving.com/Nicky-Busby1000K
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has sponsored me over the last four years for so many worthy causes. Their generosity and support is very much appreciated.
Photos all courtesy of John P Earnshaw