Gemma, SAMH’s Community Fundraiser, has caught up with two past Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2014 participants, to find out about their experience of taking part for SAMH. Find out what Hope and John had to say on how they found the run!
Running for SAMH was one of the best experiences of our lives! The support the charity gave us was amazing, from the training plans right through to the finish line. We think everything the charity stands for deserves much more recognition and we really wanted to get involved in raising awareness of them.
Mental illnesses are something very close to our hearts, as we have family and friends who have suffered with their ill mental health. They are now either in recovery or have recovered and SAMH has played a large part of that recovery for some of them.
We both had so much fun being part of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2014 for the first time! Neither of us had run distances anywhere near the length of a half marathon before and some days it was really hard to motivate ourselves to train. We tried to follow the training plans provided and on the day having everyone cheer you on made it much more enjoyable, despite the cold and rain! The other runners encouraged us to keep going and it was great to say hello to everyone else also supporting SAMH as we passed each other. We both thought the run was actually easier than we expected and can’t wait to run for this charity again in the full Edinburgh Marathon 2015!
Thank you Hope and John, for taking part in EMF and your continuous support of SAMH. And a huge good luck – you are both signing up to the EMF Full Marathon 2015…see you at the finish line!
If you want to tell us about your experience of taking part in any event for SAMH, please email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Has this motivated you to now take part in EMF 2015 in one of the distances on offer; 5K, 10K, Full Marathon, Team Relay or the Half Marathon like Hope and John? We have guaranteed charity places available today, please just get in touch by emailing email@example.com and we can talk you through the process, or sign up directly on the EMF website
Thank you & Welcome to Team SAMH!