The time is fast approaching for the British 10km run in London on Sunday 10th July. I remember agreeing to do this run. It obviously seemed like a good idea at the time, fresh from the success of the Coombe Hill Run, a real beast of a 6km race up and down some very steep hills in the Chilterns.
So here I am, without sufficient training, blisters on my blisters and only eleven days away from another exciting challenge. This time I’ll be running for a cause and one that is very important to me – Allergy UK. Whilst I’ve never actually run this distance before I’m sure the adrenalin will push me on to a great time. Hopefully not the stuff inside my EpiPen injector though!
Allergy, the operational name for the British Allergy Foundation, is the country’s leading medical charity dealing with allergy. They have a dedicated helpline which is manned by a team of fully trained allergy advisers. However, it’s not just a helpline – in fact, it’s a lifeline, providing invaluable support and information for sufferers of allergy, intolerance and sensitivities. They can give the time and support that is so important when faced with what can be life changing conditions.
Please spare a few moments to think about supporting the work that they do. Any donation, no matter how small will help keep the helpline and services operating.
1 in 3 of the UK population are affected by allergies at some point in their lives. The numbers are rising, yet few national resources are allocated into the diagnosis and treatment of this multi organ disease.
Many people find themselves with a diagnosis, a terrifying time when you learn that your condition could be life threatening. Very often people are not armed with the necessary information about how to shop, cook, eat out and just generally come to terms with and live every day life with allergies. Allergy UK is a real life line for many people with its allergy alert emails, newsletter and fact sheets. Their website is cram packed full of useful information for patients and I’m continually finding new things and learning about new products like their allergy translation cards for when you go on holiday.
If you would like to donate please visit my Just Giving http://www.justgiving.com/Ruth-Holroyd fund raising page.
If I reach my target I promise to post some embarrassing photos of me proudly wearing my Allergy UK t-shirt and hopefully the rest of the Allergy UK running team. Anyone else running this race? Look out for me. I’ll be the one with the beetroot red face at the end!