Just a little post to say that I am doing the Flora Women's mini marathon on June 1st and attempting to jog it for the first time. All sponsorship will be going to the Diabetes Federation of Ireland and I have a mycharity.ie page set up if anyone would like to contribute to this excellent cause - laser and credit cards accepted.
I am going to make my unfit body do this in as good a time as possible and am paying the extra for a chip so that all sponsors can see that I am working for their contributions!!!!!! (P.S. I have only walked it once before in just under 2 hours so a lot of training will be required!).
For any diabetics and non-diabetics out there that can afford a couple of euro, please log in to my (newly created) sponsorship page - http://www.mycharity.ie/event/niamhbrady_minimarathon/ and if people are interested I will keep you updated on my training and sponsorship here.
Wish me luck.
Nice one Niamh, its good to see people taking pro-active steps like you are doing. I'm trying to persuade she who must be obeyed to join me doing it too
Best of luck with that, was thinking of trying and doing something similar for two of my favorite charities...I need to get fit again!
Edit: Doh, Shane, I want to raise money, but not for the 15th of next month, not enough time!
The one that Niamh is on about is the women only 10km event on 1st June, but there are always a fair number of bearded ladies that sneak into the event as well in drag:
So we expect to see pictures if that's the one your aiming for.
There is also a men's only 10km happening on the 4th May in the Phoenix Park:
Or there is a 5km in the city centre on the 15th I believe, but I cannot find the web page for that at the moment.
Anyway, good luck with you having a go and trying something new and to both keep fit and raise money. Diabetes should not be any reason for you to limit yourself from doing anything. I am type 1 and did the Dublin Marathon last year ( that is the 26.2 mile event ) so anything is possible.
I cant see my husband in drag...much as it would be fun! I agree that diabetes should not stop you doing anything, but I have another condition that still tires me. Good luck Niamh, will support your endevour!
Thanks guys. It won't be my diabetes that slows me down I can tell you - just my lack of fitness. But that's improving, I've lost 6% body fat in the last 4 weeks - nearly 10% on my trunk so by the time June 1st comes God help anyone who gets in my way!!!
Shane - there are never enough men in drag so I think you should do it! The Diabetes Federation are trying to get loads of people so I am bullying as many people as possible to fundraise for them. Apparently it's not a "cool" charity to fundraise for!!!
Aoife, I will see how my fundraising gets on and if it's starting to look good I will contribute some of my sponsorship to another charity for you as you have been great for advice when I needed it.
Right so, I'm off to think of ways to make giving money to diabetes "cool".
Ah feck it- a wig will probably suffice......
Fitness is a big prob here too though
Dunno if that'll cut it! My dad - v v v unfit man did it last year in a long blonde wig and fake boobs! He was melting by the end but it was hilarious to look at in photos.
At least wear some pink!
Aoife will be only too happy to lend me some of her pink garments- she loves pink...... Don't think she has anything in a size 42-44 though Might have an accident with the laundry this weekend and generate a few new pink garments...... Hmmmm.......
Hi guys, sorry to disappoint you all (especially you Shane) but the Diabetes Federation t-shirts are grey with the logo on them and not pink as we had all longed for!!!!
Any more people decided to do it yet???
I did pass a couple of lads wearing the Diabetes UK kit during the Dublin Marathon, and they do have a pink logo on them. Although probably not pink enough to count as fancy dress.
I have thought about the pink issue and have realised that my face will be a beautiful shade of pink by the end of the run so maybe the grey t-shirt will be fine. (I have pink sweatbands anyway!).
Go Niamh!!! I did the mini marathon a very long time ago and twas great craic. Hope you raise loads of money!!!!
so did niamh