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.
- 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 🙂