Running for Scottish Autism
Ianthe after completing the first race of the 14 in January.
Ianthe Sutherland is running 214kms in 14 races in 2014, here she tells us why she is supporting Scottish Autism
My best friend challenged me to a 5k running course with Up & Running Online (http://www.upandrunningonline.org/) in 2011. They offer courses just for women online and it just felt right so I went for it. I then went on to do their 10k course and felt so accomplished when I managed it - I never would have predicted that I would become a runner! In 2012 I wanted a new running challenge and had enjoyed fundraising in 2011 so agreed to do the 12 in 12 challenge - 12 races in 2012. It was not only great for me personal motivation and commitment but raised just over £1k Scottish Autism!
When I was trying to choose a charity to fundraise for in my 2012 challenge, I asked my brother if he had any ideas and he suggested Scottish Autism. My 12 year old nephew Cole is autistic and although he functions really well, the advice and support that Scottish Autism provided my family with has been invaluable and we are very grateful. We're so glad that I can give back to Scottish Autism and help support more families living with autism.
My wedding was in 2013 so my focus wasn't on running but now that I'm back on track, I've decided that 2014 is my half marathon year! I started the UAR half marathon training course on Hogmanay in the 12 week build up to the Run Garioch half marathon on the 23rd of March.
I'm going to run 214kms in 14 races in 2014 for Scottish Autism and I'm hoping to raise £2014.
You can support Ianthe and sponsor her at www.justgiving.com/ianthes214