London Marathon Charity Walk 2017: goal ticked
Every year for as long as I can remember, I’ve watched the London Marathon with the deepest of admiration for all those people running 26.2 miles (40K) for their personal charities, and thinking what a worthwhile goal to achieve. I make no apologies for admitting that running is not my thing. However, I love walking and really wanted a new personal challenge to take on.
Whilst browsing the various challenges online I noticed Discover Adventure London Marathon Walk 2017. Perfect! So back in February I booked myself up for my first ever London Marathon Walk, which ran on Saturday 23rd September.
As this was my first Marathon I didn’t really know what to expect. I’d never really tested my fitness nor my trainers to this level before. I wasn’t with a group, I was striking out on my own, I wasn’t sure what the weather would throw at me or how much sponsorship I would get. The fact is I could have worried about so many things and talked myself out of it a million times over. This really isn’t my style though. I’m a great believer in ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’ which enables me to turn my fears into my personal achievements and more often than not greatest successes.
Remaining positive gave me the opportunity stay fit and active, raise awareness and vital funds for my charity, as well as achieving a lifetime goal, with the prospect of making some new positive like-minded friends along the way. It's all to do with your perspective. The fear of the unknown was always going to lose badly when so much can be gained with an optimistic outlook.
On the day the weather was perfect for walking. I met up with two other amazing ladies (Susan and Sheila) before we started out, each of which were solo walkers and first-timers to the London Marathon. Susan navigated the course, Sheila was our official photographer and I was the pace setter. We completed the London Marathon in just over 9 hours. We were a great team on the day, dubbing ourselves ‘The Marathon Queens’. We raised around £3,500 for our personal charities between us, as well as becoming firm friends. Yes we all had our own aches and pains to deal with from the day, which are temporary, but in a weird way the discomfort enables you to understand just a little of what our charities receivers go through every day of their lives.
I would like to extend a huge thank you to Discover Adventure for making the day so much fun, setting up such an interesting course and making sure we had plenty of water and snacks to keep our energy levels maintained.
Words of wisdom;
‘Erase your fears and your world becomes a limitless adventure’.
Here are some photos from the day, courtesy of Sheila.
Julia – Asteria Life Coaching
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GSM London Horizon Awards Ceremony 2017
On Thursday 27th July I was kindly invited to attend the GSM London Horizon Award Ceremony, at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, Farringdon in London as one of the guest businesses.
The purpose of the Horizon Award is that it brings an extra dimension to their graduate’s qualifications. As we all know a degree alone by no means guarantees a job at the end of it these days. The program is also designed to enrich their graduates’ personal development and demonstrate to future employers the breadth of their learning experience.
This certainly seemed the case with the award winners I spoke to on the day. Their ideas for the future were really taking shape, putting plans in place right now for when they graduate with their degrees next year. I would have loved to bottle their commitment, passion, drive and positivity. So very well done to all the graduates, you should be very proud of yourselves you are very worthy winners.
The Keynote speaker included Sir Simon Hughes (Deputy Leader of the Lib Dems from 2010-2014), who delivered a rousing speech on social mobility. This was followed by Pro-Provost Bob Atwal and student speaker Kate Ajomiwe, who discussed the benefits of the award, how it’s enriched her education experience and her plans for the future.
So thank you to the GSM London organisers, Chloe Johnstone (Skills Award Coordinator) and Andrew Falconer (Director of Careers and Employability) for inviting me. A great day was had by all.
Btw - Loved the keepsake booklet to remind me of the day.
I wish you all great success!
Julia – Asteria Life Coaching