Michelle’s 100k


Today is #FundraiserFriday and we have a guest blog from Michelle Nicholson, who is running 100k for two charities close to her heart.

I have set myself what I consider to be the bonkers challenge of running 10k (6.2 miles) every day for 10 days to raise money for two charities very close to my and my husband’s hearts: the Miscarriage Association and the Leicester Royal Infirmary Maternity Assessment Unit.

I run occasionally but until this year have never run more than 5k, so running 10k every day for 10 days may not seem a challenge for some hard-core runners, but it’s definitely challenging for me. My challenge begins on Friday 3rd July 2015 and I will run 10k every day, mostly locally except for two of the days when I will be taking part in two races: firstly the Leicester Race for Life on Sunday 5th July and second, as my finale, the Women’s Running 10k in Nottingham on Sunday 12th July.

During the Christmas of 2010 I had a miscarriage at 8 weeks pregnant. I was desperate to be a mum and did not deal with this well. I became obsessed with becoming pregnant; it consumed life and I consequently did not become pregnant again for almost 2 years. During this time, my husband and I had various fertility tests at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, there was nothing medically wrong with either of us, but it continued not to happen. Then, amazingly, one month before we were due to start fertility treatment, I fell pregnant. We now have an amazing son, Frank, who will be 2 years old in June.

I reflect on that time and still feel saddened and upset: it truly was the worse time of my life. I now realise that if I had spoken about it all at the time and opened up to people, things may have been different. This isn’t just a running challenge for me, it’s also my challenge to learn to talk about what happened. If I can raise awareness of the Miscarriage Association, or even reach out and help one woman/couple who are going through what we did, then mission accomplished!

The team at Leicester Royal Infirmary were an amazing support for us from the miscarriage all the way through to Frank’s birth and this is my way of thanking them. They currently have an appeal to refurnish the Dining area/Day room of the Maternity Assessment Unit. The ladies who are admitted to this area will have experienced difficulties during their pregnancy and will not be able to leave hospital, so the LRI would like to create a comfortable space where they can relax and feel as at home as they possibly can.

The Miscarriage Association is a small charity who acknowledges the distress associated with pregnancy loss and strives to make a positive difference to those it affects. The MA’s founding aims are: offering support and information to anyone affected by the loss of a baby in pregnancy, raising awareness of miscarriage and promoting good practice in medical care.

You can support Michelle via her Virgin Money Giving page.

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