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Mikes EU Marathons for Invest In ME

Discussion in 'Fundraising' started by Mike Harley, Oct 12, 2016.

  1. Mike Harley

    Mike Harley

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    Hi all

    Some nice people on the forum asked if I would post updates and news on my challenge to run a marathon in all 28 EU countries for Invest In Me (http://www.investinme.org/) and their biomedical research activities.

    There's a snapshot of what I'm doing and why over at www.justgiving.com/mikeseumarathons

    I'm up to number 9 (Oct 23rd) in Toulouse, France having completed UK, Czech Rep, Finland, Ireland, Greece, Sweden, Poland and Brussels so far.

    Next year I've booked Spain (Barcelona, Mar 13th) and Luxembourg (May 27th) and will book another 3 when I have the money/hopefully corporate sponsorship.

    Here's how the races have gone so far: http://www.mikeseumarathons.eu/race-reports.html

    It's not just about running and donations, I meet with ME patients and charities/associations in each country and help raise awareness of their plight in the media there and internationally if I can. http://www.mikeseumarathons.eu/me-in-the-eu.html

    So far I've met with people on nearly every trip which has been fantastic. I've set up a Polish ME Facebook Support Group and raised over £5K of the £26.2K challenge I've set myself; aside from the journey from couch potato to marathon runner it's been an incredible journey. I hope to get the next 20 races done by 2021, quicker if I get corporate sponsorship in.

    I'll be posting little updates and news from every country I get to. Next week I'm interviewing Francoise Becavin from ASFC to find out whats going on in France, will post it here.

    You can follow me at www.facebook.com/mikeseumarathons and @mikeseumaras on twitter.

    Thanks for reading

    Mike
     
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  2. AndyPR

    AndyPR Senior Member

    Wow, thanks Mike. :thumbsup:
     
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  3. Comet

    Comet I'm Not Imaginary

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    You are doing a wonderful and amazing thing!

    Thank you. :balloons: :angel: :balloons:

    Edit to tag @Mike Harley
     
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  4. daisybell

    daisybell Senior Member

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    I'm a fan @Mike Harley :thumbsup:
    Your dedication and effort is amazing!
     
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  5. Hip

    Hip Senior Member

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    There is an article about Mike's fundraising efforts on MEpedia. An extract:
    Fantastic stuff, @Mike Harley.
     
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  6. cornwall13

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    Amazing effort.

    Mike also led a team visiting all 92 football league grounds in 92 hours 18 months ago and raised £4000 for Invest in ME.

    The amount of time and hard work raising money and awareness has to be commended.
     
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  7. AndyPandy

    AndyPandy Making the most of it

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  8. Mike Harley

    Mike Harley

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    Hi all

    Here's my interview with Marie from ASFC (Association française du Syndrome de Fatigue Chronique) about what it's like for ME patients in France.

    http://www.mikeseumarathons.eu/france.html

    I'll be running Toulouse Marathon there on Sunday (no 9 of 28) and hoping to meet someone from ASFC.

    Also just been interviewed by a local Toulouse paper (will publish when live), hopefully can make a small awareness ripple for people with ME there.

    The two French ME facebook support groups I'm aware of have posted some nice messages and donated to Invest In ME this week for their biomedical projects.

    Feel free to share/circulate

    Mike
     
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  9. BurnA

    BurnA Senior Member

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    Great work Mike - You are an absolute legend!
     
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  10. Mike Harley

    Mike Harley

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    Hi all,

    So the race went OK, I was a bit injured but I got round alright and am recovering well.

    I've done a race report for anyone who is interested.

    http://www.mikeseumarathons.eu/toulouse-france-oct-2016.html

    Was also grateful to be featured in La Depeche du Midi (Toulouse local paper) -just a shame about the headline which I most certainly didn't give them!

    http://www.ladepeche.fr/article/201...ir-pour-faire-connaitre-une-maladie-rare.html

    I've got a break now until March 12th where race number 10 of 28 will be Barcelona Marathon.

    Have a nice Xmas/New Year all, thanks for your support.

    Mike
     
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  12. Esther12

    Esther12 Senior Member

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    Best wishes for a speed recovery. Thanks!
     
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  13. cornwall13

    cornwall13

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    Brilliant effort again.
     
  14. Mike Harley

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    Hi all.

    I've booked 4 of 5 races so far for next year.

    If anyone lives nearby and thinks they might be well enough to meet when I come over to run that would be fantastic.

    10. Sunday 12th March - Barcelona
    11. Saturday 27th May - Luxembourg
    12. Sunday 10th Sept - Vilnius
    13. Sunday 15th Oct - Amsterdam

    Feel free to leave a comment below and I'll make a note to pick this up again with you soon.

    Thanks for the nice messages, catch up in Jan/Feb.
     
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  15. BurnA

    BurnA Senior Member

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    Are you taking a break for the winter ?
     
  16. Mike Harley

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    Yep few weeks off then will be back training in mid Dec
     
  17. BurnA

    BurnA Senior Member

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    Good stuff, well deserved ! Plenty of running ahead of you in 2017.
     
  18. Jo Best

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    Merry Christmas Mike!
     
  19. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem All Good Things Must Come to an End

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    And a happy new year for us as ME gets more support! :thumbsup: :star:
     
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    Jo Best Senior Member

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