As this experience delighted my musical senses, I also had a week of talking to many people who were setting themselves a sporting challenge. As part of my work with the MS Society I helped the Challenge Events team as they made telephone calls to their 180 supporters running the London Marathon in 3 weeks time. As a runner myself who has tackled 4 marathons, I can totally empathise with anyone taking on this ultimate challenge. I had the absolute honour of speaking to people who in the main had never run this distance before but were relishing pushing themselves to the max all in support of the MS Society. Many of these people had personal connections to this devastating condition. One woman who really touched me told the story of how her mum had developed MS and very quickly deteriorated until she is now in a wheelchair. We worked out how we could help her mum to see her run her first marathon - navigating a city which can be a challenge for accessibility on a good day. She shared her story with the Guardian Online - I recommend you read it and share it, and challenge you not to feel emotional. A snippet of the story is below, but I urge you to read the full story here...
Denise Yeats is an events professional with over 18 years of creating inspiring events ranging from arts events at Tate to Tower Running races. She set herself a personal challenge over two years called 'The Secret Life' which involved doing a new pursuit every week which is chosen at random by an allocated colour and number. This has led onto the creation of 'nnoodl - discovering your secret london life' where people are led on surprise activities...