Donna Dawson

Virtual Virgin London Marathon 2021 for The Benjamin Foundation

I always knew I'd do a marathon - I just needed the huge motivator I needed to put myself through such gruelling training. Although I'm considered fit, and I was a personal trainer for 15 years, I'm a natural short distance sprinter. So this is a huge challenge for me. My default is set at 5 to 10k max. 

At the age of 51 - here I am training for my first marathon! Yikes but yay too! 

My motivation - One morning about a week ago, a friend sent me a text which really hurt my heart. He'd seen a huge increase of homeless people in Norwich City centre and many were teenagers who looked cold and hungry. I have to say, as a mother of two sons, this had burst my happy day bubble and I had to turn it around to a positive. 

My first port-of-call was the LinkedIn page of The Benjamin Foundation. And there immediately was my answer. A recent post offering places for the Virtual London Marathon to raise funds for their wonderful charity that aims to end youth homelessness by providing a home and support to over 100 vulnerable young adults every night. 

So here I am - This journey will not be easy - in January I couldn't run 1k without stopping to stretch because of injuries and pain. I'll be posting my marathon training journey regularly and ask that you donate to this incredible cause by using my GivePenny page. 

Here goes!!! :) 

Sponsoring me through GivePenny is fun and easy. One-off donations are made right now or you can choose to pledge a donation instead, which means your donation is processed at the end of my challenge, keeping me motivated to achieve my goals!

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Once you make a donation, GivePenny will send it to the charity in a safe and secure manner. GivePenny also help charities to claim as much Gift Aid as possible, helping to contribute even more much needed funds to causes that really need them.

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"We did it! 12miles/19.5k - agony on the last few miles but pushed on. We got this! Thank you to everyone for your generous donations and messages of support. You're all keeping me going! 🏃‍♀️🙏🏼🥰"
6 months ago
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"We did it!! End of week 7 training and we ran 14.5k! The furthest I've ever ran! Thank you so much to those who have donated and pledged so far - the lift you get when a message comes through to say someone has donated/pledged is a real motivator! So grateful xx"
6 months ago
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"On Sunday 25 April I ran 13k!! That's the furthest I've ran ever!! Super chuffed! :) "
7 months ago
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7 months ago
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"Training is on track! Getting ready for a 10k run on Sunday! :)"
7 months ago

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Bringing hope, opportunity, stability and independence to children, young people and families experiencing challenges in Norfolk and Suffolk

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Once you make a donation, GivePenny will send it to the charity in a safe and secure manner. GivePenny also help charities to claim as much Gift Aid as possible, helping to contribute even more to causes that really need them.