MACS – 2017 London

After getting a big, fat ” No” at the London Marathon’s ballot in October 2016 I’ve decided to try a different tactic. I’ve decided that I’ll run a charity, run for a good cause. 

I have to say , me and my family are really lucky, we haven’t been affected by any kind of life threatening illness. So when people kept telling me to pick a charity close to my heart, it was a really hard decision. Because we haven’t been affected by anything. 

That’s when I thought I’ll try to run for a smaller charity, preferably who helps children. 

This is when I came across MACS

MACS stands for : Microphthalmia, Anophthalmia and Coloboma Support

They are a great charity, they are supporting children born without eyes or with underdeveloped eyes. 

I thought I can relate to them because everyone has someone in their family who has some kind of eye condition. Maybe they are only wearing glasses, or maybe they do have a sever eye condition. 

I’ve found their application form on their website, and filled it out. 

Application form can be found HERE.

After filling out the application I tried to be patient, and wait for the confirmation decline email. Because I submitted my application in November I wasn’t really sure if they still have places for the marathon or not.  But after waiting for a few days I’ve got a really nice email , and it turned out they still had spots for the race.

I had to fill out the official marathon registration form and pay in the £100 registration fee. Also their fundraising target was £1250 and I thought I’ll be able to reach that. 

The Perks:

  • fundraising pack,
  • marathon training newsletters,
  • access to their lively community of MACS runners,
  • shiny MACS running vest or t-shirt,

and most of all, you can take part in this challenge safe in the knowledge that the funds you raise will make a huge difference to the lives of hundreds of children born without eyes or with underdeveloped eyes across the UK.

Have to say they were a really organised and communicative charity. We’ve got weekly support emails with hints and tips from running to fundraising. 

I also liked the fact that the fundraising deadline was after the race, if i remember well it was sometime in June or even July. 

So if anyone planning to run for a charity in London I highly recommend MACS 🙂

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Pre race Postcard from MACS
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Pre race photo – can you spot me?
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Post race letter

 

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Certificate of Achievement

 

At the end I managed to raise £1435, and even thought I was a slow runner they waited for everybody at the runners meeting area. 
 
Love,
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