This page is all about you our runners. It’s the chance to tell your stories and let everyone know about your journey to the finish line. We are all different with different challenges and tales to tell – but we are all Robin Hood Marathon Events runners!
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RUNNING FOR CAMPBELL
I'm running in the Robin Hood Half Marathon again this year to raise funds for a charity my family and I set up in my son's name. The Campbell Burns Metabolic Trust was founded in May 2012 after my boy was diagnosed with a severe, life-limiting metabolic condition. Campbell was a strong little boy but sadly couldn't outrun his illness - he died at the age of 8 months in September 2012. It was, and still is incredibly hard to deal with, but the charity we set up does so much for families dealing with metabolic conditions, and we're so proud that his name is a force for good. The Trust gives grants to families to help them buy essential kitchen equipment, cover the cost of taking their child to hospital, or go on a fun family day out.
I often think of Campbell on my long runs - I certainly thought of him at miles 11 and 12 around Nottingham, with the end of the 2019 race in sight! To be given a Golden Ticket as I crossed the finish line was, I think, a sign - to stay strong, to keep running, to keep the charity going, and to keep helping families dealing with metabolic conditions. I'm sure Team Campbell will have a presence at the Robin Hood Half for many years to come.
THREE GENERATIONS, TWO RACES, ONE TEAM
On Sunday 26th September, three generations of the Ellis family are hoping to be running and raising money for charity. Whilst Paul and Geraldine’s daughter Rachel (Whelan) runs in the Half Marathon, Rachel’s two boys Oliver and Matthew will run in the Mini Marathon with Grandma and Grandad. They will be joined by daughter Karen (Silvester) and her two children Emily and Rosie.
Youngest runner will be Matthew who is just 5 and oldest is 72-year-old Grandad Paul.
With a family love of football (Geraldine and Paul met at Forest over 50 years ago) they have chosen ‘Head for Change’ as their charity.
‘Head for Change’ is a charitable foundation, pioneering positive change for brain health in sport and supporting ex-players who are affected by neurodegenerative disease as a result of their professional sporting career in football or rugby. Affected by this illness is a good friend of the family, Dave Watson, who started his career with Notts County and won 65 England caps.
All will be running at different paces, but one thing for sure is that they all intend to finish and raise money for the charity.
Paul 72, Geraldine 71, Karen 39, Rachel 32, Emily 10, Oliver 8, Rosie 7, Matthew 5
MORE THAN JUST A RUN
This year’s Robin Hood Half Marathon is the first race I have ever entered, and is something I never thought would be possible. I was in a wheelchair for 20 years from the age of 8 due to an autoimmune condition. When I recovered, I started to run. I loved it because it was something that I had never thought would be possible. Unfortunately after a few months of running I had to stop due to a chronic painful injury in both knees caused by muscle weakness as a result of my illness. The physio told me I would never be able to run, but I didn’t let that stop my dream! I worked for two years on strength training and over time I was able to start running again. I am really slow but I don’t care – I’m just so happy to be able to run!
I am running for Equation, a Nottinghamshire domestic abuse prevention charity. 1 in 4 women will experience abuse and I have been in an abusive relationship so I understand how difficult it can be to reach out for support.
Domestic abuse rates increased dramatically over lockdown so it is vital that charities such as Equation get enough support to continue helping women and men who are experiencing abuse.
four reasons to run for
when you wish upon a star
Naomi: Back in 2019 I lost my best friend Laura who had been battling with CF all her life, she really did live life to the full and never let anything get in her way. Laura was very close to Barbara the founder of Wish Upon a Star and over the years Laura was granted the most amazing wishes and made precious memories with all her family and friends.
Janine: Running for special children for When You Wish Upon A Star because children deserve to laugh and be loved!
Sachin: As most may be aware I been increasing my running over the last year or two and working on of my health and so I decided to do the Nottingham Robin Hood Half Marathon this year as this will be the longest distance I would have ran. As part of this I doing this I decided to do this for a local charity " When You Wish Upon a Star". It’s mission is to grant the Wishes of children living with a life threatening illness.
Sander: Two years ago I was your typical couch potato. Sitting behind a desk all day, long car commutes and zero exercise. My body was giving warning signals that something needed to change so I started a bit of running. I got really inspired to start aiming for a half marathon by a close friend of mine who suffered a stroke and managed to run the Robin Hood half marathon exactly a year later. So I decided to join him for the next one.
As I want to ensure this is a special day I also want to raise money for a special cause which is "When You Wish Upon a Star". They are a fantastic organisation with a very straightforward mission: to grant the Wishes of children living with a life threatening illness.