Dad and Daughters to run miles for wishesGuy Stapleford is taking part in Big Fun Run Milton Keynes on Sunday 15th October alongside his two daughters Lily, aged 6 and Maisy aged 5 in aid of Make-A-Wish UK.
Aiming to raise a minimum of £5,000, Guy has big plans on how to achieve this goal. Throughout 2017, he is taking on 12 challenges including a gruelling 120km walk from London to Henley, numerous full and half marathons, cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats later in the year and Big Fun Run. This series of challenges will see Guy walk, swim, run and cycle approximately 2,000 miles by the end of the year in aid of Make-A-Wish and he hopes to raise just under £5 for every challenge mile completed.
Just 12 months ago, after a brief stay in hospital which stemmed from an inactive lifestyle and poor diet choices, Guy reflected on what he really wanted from life and established what he considered himself, the essentials. There were to be happy and healthy, to improve the relationship he has with his girls and to achieve some of the things he’s always wanted to do.
Trying a range of new activities as a beginner and all at once has made training a challenge but Guy is determined to achieve the goals he has set himself. He explained: “It’s all about making small changes to the way you live – try to prepare for the week ahead on a Sunday. If it’s a weekend with my girls then we tend to make meals together, such as overnight oats portioning up snacks and fruit. They seem to enjoy it and find it hilarious that I eat so much! He added: “Hopefully this installs some good habits in them as well for the future”. Combining his new active lifestyle and healthier diet, Guy is now living life to the fullest.
Guy admits this lifestyle change was about finding something to be passionate about and to lead a life that focused on experiences. He now wants to share the joy he gets from running with his girls and this is why they are taking part in Big Fun Run together at Willen Lake. Each of them want to support Make-A-Wish UK and help grant magical wishes to children and young people with life threatening conditions as they believe no child should live without hope or joy.
To find out more about Guy’s Miles for Wishes challenge in aid of Make-A-Wish UK and support his fundraising visit http://www.justgiving.com/milesforwishes.
Big Fun Run Milton Keynes takes place on Sunday 15th October at 11am, and promises a fun, relaxed atmosphere which is the perfect challenge to set yourself in 2017. To find out more, visit www.bigfunrun.com.