Tuesday, 15 September 2009

September triple-header

Typical - you wait for weeks, then 3 events come together!

First, on Wednesday the 9th, the final race of the Mystery 5k series. Always a fast and furious affair, I somehow contrived to miss the start, so was running against the clock rather than similar-standard runners. In the circumstances, a time of 20:52 was quite respectable - just 6 seconds slower than last time, when I had opponents to run with, and to race against.

Then, on Sunday the 13th, an altogether different affair - the Lake Vyrnwy half marathon, in North Wales (pictured left, photo courtesy of Mick Hall Photos). With over 1200 runners, this was a high-class race, with runners coming from all over the country. I had my best race of the year, and my best half-marathon for many years, finishing in 144th position (out of 1242), in a time of 1:31:47 - exactly 7min per mile pace.

Of course, the purpose of this blog is not just about the running. It's about raising awareness of Shyira Trust, and about raising funds for midwifery training in Rwanda.

Sandwiched between these 2 races, on Saturday 12th, we held a Barn Dance to raise funds, and we raised a fantastic amount - £1045 at the last count.

Donations are still welcome, so if you feel you would like to make a donation, no matter how big or small, please go to my fund-raising page at www.bmycharity.com/mystery5k to make an online donation. To donate by cheque, or to find out more about Shyira Trust, please use the 'Contact me' link above, and I'll tell you more.

As I've said before - please be assured that every penny received by Shyira Trust goes to fund the projects in Shyira, Rwanda - there are no overheads, no salaries, no rents.

A little goes a long way in Rwanda, so whether you can afford £1 or £100, you can be sure it is doing some good - a few pennies can save a life.