Two of my work colleagues ran the London marathon last year for Helen Arkell. The charity really struck a chord with me as I am dyslexic so understand the challenges but also how important and powerful the right education can be in unlocking potential.
For as long as I can remember I have always been trying to hide the fact that I'm dyslexic. I think this is down to being treated as 'different' at school; being segregated when doing my exams and the embarrassment that I've got a weakness.
This has meant I've adapted and come up with my own way of working to try and keep up with everyone and I'll work for hours on something which should only take a few minutes to make sure there is no mistake.
Whereas some of these are good qualities to have, on the other hand, I've been putting up an unnecessary barrier and get really upset when I talk about being dyslexic. And this is the main reason I want to run on behalf of this charity. I want to get over the embarrassment and show people that I am proud to be different because I am, and how with the right support you can achieve anything. I've always believed this and want to inspire people to believe in themselves. I've achieved things I never thought would have been possible when I was struggling at school and recently won an industry award for the Subscriptions Team Member of the Year, and I believe this was down to being dyslexic. I'm creative, hardworking, and look at and understand the world differently and that's why I won.
My training is well underway, I was able to do lots of runs over Christmas and have clocked up over 70km in training already. I've never run a marathon before but I ran two half marathons and loads of 15km and 10km races and really enjoy running. I really want to run the marathon in under 3hrs 40 mins.
Thank you for all your help.