In exactly 10 weeks’ time, Phil and I will be embarking on the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London – my first ever half marathon and Phil’s first organised run since the 2014 London Marathon. This is an amazing experience for us, but also a way to raise some vital funds for MAMA Academy.

In case you don’t know of them, MAMA Academy is a fantastic charity that aims to reduce the UK’s stillbirth rate through education for both health care professionals, and parents-to-be. CEO and founder Heidi, gave birth to her son Aiden in May 2009. Aiden was born sleeping after the midwife couldn’t find his heartbeat at Heidi’s 36 week appointment. The story is similar for my cousin’s baby, babies of several friends. The utter heartbreak and tragedy of a baby dying before they even had a chance to take their first breath. 

This is why MAMA Academy’s work matters so much. Their Wellbeing Wallets (endorsed by Dr Ranj no less!) are fantastic pouches for your maternity notes, printed with useful and potentially life-saving information. They are, in every possible way, better than the useless alternatives; flimsy wallets packed full of marketing material and cheap samples. 
The Royal Parks Half Marathon is meant to be a spectacular experience:

The stunning 13.1 mile route takes in the capital’s world-famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. 

– Taken from the Royal Parks Half Marathon website.

I’m upping the training – yesterday we did a 27km bike ride which was my first proper bike ride in 20 years! I’m planning to add 1km per week to my running and hopefully this will stand me in good stead for the run. I’m not putting time pressures on myself though, I just want to finish!


If you would like to sponsor me, and help me raise £300 (or more!) for MAMA Academy to help save babies’ lives, then you can find my sponsorship form here. Thank you in advance, not from me but from MAMA Academy and the families whose hearts won’t be broken because of baby loss, thanks to the work of this wonderful charity.