The British 10K on 9th July is one of the most iconic running events in the country. The unique event, which combines the thrill of a 10K run with the buzzing atmosphere of a British street party, has been going for 17 years. Union Flags will be flying, live music will be playing and there will be a generally bustling party atmosphere as the brave runners dash past Trafalgar Square, the Embankment, Big Ben and all the best landmarks of Westminster.
WOW! What an incredible couple of months for fundraising!
Our fundraisers are an important part of OCD Action. Without the donations they raise through their fabulous events, OCD Action would not be able to carry out all the work we do. It can also be very beneficial for the fundraisers themselves, who often live with OCD, and find training for a run or preparing an event can be a big help for their physical and mental health.
Here are some of the amazing things people have been up to in May and June:
On Saturday 3rd June, in the prestigious Glasgow Film Theatre, a truly special event will be held to celebrate the life and memory of Kenneth Turlewicz.
Kenneth was an actor, writer and director in the Glasgow cultural scene who was known for his inspiration, optimism, fellowship, goodness and humour. But he was also affected by the debilitating condition of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which had a highly damaging effect on his life and contributed to his tragic and untimely death.
Coming up this weekend, on Sunday 28th May, is the Edinburgh Marathon. Once voted the UK's fastest marathon, this 26 mile behemoth through the beautiful Scottish capital is not for the faint of heart. And we have not one, not two, but THREE wonderful people who will be running in this event for OCD Action.
Were you wondering what exciting fundraising events were going on this weekend?
Step forward Daisy Sidwell! Tomorrow, on Saturday 20th May, Daisy will be, along with her friend Paris, running in the Colour Obstacle Rush in Windsor.
We recently let you know about the fundraising exploits of Molly Sandford-Ward, who ran in the Great Edinburgh 5 Mile run on Sunday 23rd April. Molly was taking part in this fabulous event in order to raise awareness about what she believes to be the two major misconceptions about OCD: what the disorder actually is, and how severe it is for those who live with it.
The London Marathon isn't the only fundraising event going on this weekend!
While OCD Action doesn’t have anyone running for us in the Marathon this year, we have some fundraisers who are doing amazing things in their own right.
For example, on the same day as the Marathon, 23rd April, the brilliant Molly Sandford-Ward is going to be taking part in the Great Edinburgh Run, a 5 mile course that passes some of the biggest landmarks in Edinburgh, such as the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Scottish Parliament Building and Edinburgh Castle.
Last week we told you about our Helpline Co-ordinator Christian Bower, who decided that running the Helpline wasn't enough: he was also going to run a Marathon!
Christian took on the Herculean task of competing in the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 9th April. And we’re delighted to announce that he absolutely smashed it!