Hi, I am Nick Robey, car-salesman-turned-marathon-runner and fundraiser for some very deserving charities.
Let me tell you about my marathon journey. It began back in 2004 when due to personal circumstances I discovered the healing power of running. I ran my first ever half marathon in my home town of Reading and raised £2000 for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance. I had rediscovered the love of running from my school days and was pleased to help raise money for such a worthy cause at the same time.
Having a goal and a commitment to training helped me through some tough times but as life got easier I still wanted to help those less fortunate than myself.
I ran a few half marathons but fundraising really took off in 2009 when I ran the London Marathon, raising £6000 for Barnardo’s.
The buzz I got from helping those in need was obviously infectious as my good friend Jason Barratt joined me the following year dressed as Wilma Flintstone! I was of course dressed as Fred! Together we raised £5600 and had a fantastic charity auction night!
If you would like a look at what we did or just to have a laugh at the pictures check out the Fred and Wilma website.
Unfortunately, Wilma left me to pursue more lady-like pastimes such as completing a triathlon! So I decided to take over the baton or hold the torch (the puns are fully intended!) on my own.
As you know, 2012 was to be a HUGE year for sport due to a few little events happening all over the UK and I felt that it was an opportunity not to be missed. SO … in true athletic style I have set myself the challenge of running a race every month throughout the year. I aimed to raise money for not just one but four charities, and of course the target amount had to be £2012 each.
And so many people have supported me and sponsered me on my journey. (A big, special thanks to Black Book Services! Neil, you are a true superstar and your team of most inspirational website designers have been amazing.)
So, my year of running has come to an end, this particular mission of raising £2012 for the four charities has been completed and the targets have actually been smashed! During 2012 I have run 17 races, pulled out of two through injury and The New York Marathon was rightly cancelled after hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast of America. Seven halfs and two full marathons were completed, as well as various other races
The hardest race would have to be the Lakeland Trails Marathon; it rained for the first 20 miles, most of which were uphill! This was also my most satisfying race as it was a real test of stamina. The worst race was the Burnham Beeches Half; it was a baking hot morning and I had Raced The Train the day before and I wished I had stayed in bed! My favorite moment was bumping into my friend and running buddy Jason Barrett (aka Wilma Flintstone) at about 25 miles in the London Marathon. I was really struggling and wasn't sure what was going on, but he stayed with me and we crossed the line together. Thanks Jason.
Special thanks must go to my superstar wife, Jeannie, who has come to most races, washed all my smelly clothes and has been a constant source of encouragement, so thank you Jeannie. xx
The Charity Auction and Dinner Dance raised £6000 towards the target and another £5000 has been received during the year from donations. I am still in shock by everyone's generosity at the auction and during the year - it really does make the pain of the miles run an easy one to bear. My sincere thanks go out to everyone who has donated items for the auction or sponsored me during the year; together we can change people's lives forever!
And to add some icing to my cake I was made Reading Sports Personality of the Year in November! (See a few pictures here.)
So to the future. Stop running and have a small beer? NEVER!! I will be running two marathons in 2013, London and Abingdon, and I am also training my Sister for her first half marathon. I hope to run for a cancer charity during 2014 and host with Jeannie another Charity Night.
Thanks once again to all - it really has been a very special year.