List of Laura's Marathons;
London - Completed April 2017
Everest - Completed May 2017
Patagonia - Completed September 2017
Rottnest, Australia - Completed October 2017
Seattle - Completed November 2017
Yukon Arctic - Completed February 2018
Kilimanjaro - Up next 4th March 2018
I am now one marathon away from completing 7 marathons around the world, in one year. Despite not being able to run 5k before taking on this challenge I have crossed the finish line on the World’s Highest; Everest, battled the harsh winds at the ‘End of the World’ in Patagonia and recently just completed the world’s coldest; The Yukon Arctic just to name a few.
I decided to take on this challenge to demonstrate that no matter your current level of ability, anything is possible. To encourage others to break down their own barriers and overcome the fear of judgement about not being good enough, fit enough or fast enough. I believe that with enough determination, self-belief and commitment, you can achieve anything. I want to prove to not only myself but others that it doesn’t matter where your starting line is, everyone has it in them to make it to the finish.
It was very important to me that alongside the personal fulfilment side of this challenge, that I am also using it as a great way to raise money and awareness for two worthy causes, The Jonny Wilkinson Foundation & The Scout Association.
The Jonny Wilkinson Foundation gives life-changing support to the members of our community who need it most. Every year, many of us will be affected by mental health issues either directly or through someone we know. Providing practical help and support is at the heart of what we do as we believe that no one should have to struggle alone. We are supporting institutions that, through their work, enable individuals to face huge challenges.
Like many others I have been touched by mental illness in my own life, sadly losing my father when I was 13 years old. This has made me very passionate about raising awareness and understanding around mental health concerns for those suffering now.
The Scouts change the lives of young people and helps them reach their full potential by offering them challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that they can make a positive impact in communities.
Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. Scouts help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world.
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