World Marathon Challenge – January 2017

I need to raise €90,000 to do this challenge.

€45,000 for me and €45,000 for my running guide.

I was hoping to get two title sponsors.

Or to get 30 companies to sponsor 3k each.

There are benefits for any company which gets involved to sponsor mw which can be discussed.

I am a full-time PhD researcher and a qualified solicitor. Apart from my professional qualifications I am a motivational speaker and ultra-runner. I am registered as blind with just 5% vision. I’m planning to take part in the World Marathon Challenge in January 2017. Places are filling quickly. Because I am registered blind I will have a guide runner to run with me.

The challenge

During this seven-day time period, competitors must run standard 42.2km (26.2 miles) marathon distances at Union Glacier (Antarctica), Punta Arenas (Chile), Miami (USA), Madrid (Spain), Marrakech (Morocco), Dubai (United Arab Emirates) and Sydney (Australia).* In doing so, competitors will complete seven marathons on the planet’s seven continents: Antarctica, South America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Will it be a holiday?

No! It’s basically you go to the airport then fly to the destination then do the marathon then go straight back to the airport again to fly to the next destination and this is repeated for 7 days.

Given the severe temperatures in Antarctica -35 and given I hate the cold then I am anticipating that I will find this one the hardest. Also Given in Antarctica it is all snow then this will affect my eyes because the glare of the white will make my eyes watery and very painful.

I am not looking forward to sleeping on an airplane bed for 7 nights as my bed. I am not looking forward to trying to cope with the bright sun light on my eyes. I am not looking forward to flying as I have a fear of flying and given all the terror that is going on in the world at the moment – being in an airport or being on a plane is the last place where I want to be.

But this is why I do motivational speaking because fear stops us from achieving our goals. I am extremely fearful to do this challenge. But I don’t want to be like the majority of people and live my life through fear as opposed to challenge myself and push myself outside my comfort zone.

Why do I want to do this challenge?

  1. Awareness – To raise awareness about disability and to challenge the perception that blind people/disabled people can’t do things and can’t live a full life. Changing how people think about disability is an integral part of creating an inclusive society.  A society where I am no longer defined by my white stick and people with disabilities aren’t limited by what others think they “Can’t do”.  I want to create a platform to engage people in Ireland and worldwide around the conversation of disability. Once society sees that people with disabilities can do things then hopefully more people with give people with disabilities opportunities to show their true potential whatever sector it is in – education, business, sport etc. Doing this goal with create a lot of national and international media attention and so I am going to use that as opportunity to highlight some of my favourite charities in particular the Irish Guide Dogs. They do fantastic work.
  2. Record – To achieve a Guinness world record by being the 1st blind person worldwide to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. Worldwide there are 286milion people registered blind/visually impaired. I want to be the first to show that it can be done. I will also be the first Irish female to achieve this goal in the quickest time. There has been another Irish female who has ran 7 marathons on 7 continents but this has been over years.
  3. Documentary – I would like to get a documentary company to come on board to create and a documentary and have same aired.
  4. Inspire – To encourage all people – those with disabilities and people without to be better versions of themselves, to set goals, to make a difference, to be a role model for other people.

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