A Proud Mamma

October 10th

At home before the race, just a tad nervous
Today Ella, my 17 year old daughter is a tad stiff and is hobbling around, but later on she will sit down and write some thank you letters.   I am a proud mamma on so many different levels I could burst.

Yesterday in beautiful autumnal sunshine she and her band of support runners ran the Oxford half marathon in the name of a local charity The Nasio Trust.  This is the second time in just over two years that Ella has raised as much money as she could for the Nasio trust, having visited Kenya with them she was determined to return and help with life changing projects again.  All money raised will go directly to the projects and nothing else.

At the 11th hour, three of her support runners had to pull out for various reasons and so from a band of 8 runners they were reduced to five.  The others were sorely missed but it did not dampen the spirits or the money raising efforts.

Ella had hand written some flyers and had them printed and between the runners they handed these out along the route, thus adding to their overall running time as well as waiting 8 minutes for queuing at a toilet stop!  Two of the runners, Ella and Phil from The Twisted Yarn had not run a half marathon before and looked to me (a non runner) to breeze the race.  The day for spectators and runners alike was fantastic, the atmosphere was supportive and it was so busy, 10,000 runners in Oxford plus all of us watching too.  Heaving but fun.  Ella said it was great handing out the flyers and everyone was so receptive and friendly.

So to those of you who wished her well, donated to her page, it's still not too late: Ella's fund raising page , (she will update this in due course with photos from the race and from Kenya over the coming weeks and months, so do pop back) and helped her in any way shape or form, I thank you from the bottom of my very proud heart.

THANK YOU 

Near the start of the race and already handing out flyers

Mile 9

A lot of bananas were consumed
at the end of the race

Oxford in the October sunshine

Ella and her support team of runners having completed the half marathon

The total she has raised including off and online money is a tad over £1660
but she is still trying to push that up a notch.  What a wonderful result, 
again to those of you who helped or may yet help, I say:   THANK YOU.

25 comments:

  1. You definitely should be proud of her! She did awesomely. I just hope she can walk today!

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    1. She can walk Phil but laughing hurts! Hope all good with you ?!?

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  2. Many congratulations to Ella, what a wonderful young lady. We hear so many terrible stories about young people today but for every one of those there's so many great ones, we just don't hear enough about them so I'm pleased to hear all about Ella's fundraising efforts, she's done a marvellous job. Glad the weather stayed fine for you all.

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    1. Thank you Jo. I think good people out weigh the bad. Or at least I hope they do

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  3. This is a fantastic achievement (having run half marathons before, I know how training goes into completing one). Ella and her team look amazingly fresh after the race! I hope their legs are happy to carry them around today.

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    1. Thanks Christina. Ella has now signed up to run the Marlow 7 in three weeks so it can't have been all bad x

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  4. Congratulations Ella... A wonderful achievement!

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    1. Shall pass on your congrats Gina. Thank you x

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  5. Such an amazing achievement, I can fully understand why you would be one proud Mamma.

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  6. WEll done! Congrats to your dear daughter.

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    1. Thank you Ellen. Will pass on your congrats

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  7. Congratulations! She's a remarkable young woman!

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  8. Fantastic achievement, congratulations Ella.

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    1. Thanks Annie. Will pass on your congrats x

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    2. Thank you so so much for sponsoring Ella, Annie. It will go directly to projects in Africa. She will keep you updated. Again thank you x

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  9. Awesome! I wish I could donate more; maybe one day . . . Thanks for letting us know about what Ella is up to; you have evvery right to be extremely proud! ~ Linne'
    (I signed my donation "Linne from Canada

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    1. Oh my goodness Linne, thank you! So very generous of you. Ella will continue to keep you updated over the coming months as to how the money will be spent. Thank you so much x

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    1. Will pass on your wishes Amy. Thank you xx

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  11. You have every reason to feel proud Selma. Well done Ella! What a fantastic achievement in the running AND fundraising. I hope her legs are feeling a bit better by now. X

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  12. She is an amazing young woman.

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