Last summer I set myself the mammoth challenge of attempting to run 53 marathons in 53 cities and towns around the UK in 53 consecutive days. Much to everyone's amazement, on September 27th I successfully completed my goal and in the process set a world record for both women and men!
The aim of 53 was to raise funds for my chosen charity The Isabelle Lottie Foundation, which campaigns tirelessly for the early diagnosis of brain tumours in children and young adults. As well as supporting their important work, I wanted to encourage the public, especially young people, to become more active and live a more healthy lifestyle. I also wanted to show that you can have a lot of fun keeping fit. All along the route, I'd hear people say, "if Amy can run 53 marathons, maybe I can get fit too", which was exactly what I was hoping to achieve.
I was and still am overwhelmed by the amount of positive feedback and support I received throughout my challenge and after the event. The messages and donations made have been incredible. To think I have inspired and reached out to so many makes me smile every day.
Life has been a complete whirlwind since 53! I keep busy and active as a personal trainer, sports therapist and nutrition coach, but I've also been incredibly lucky to work with some fantastic companies and campaigns. To name but a few, I recently appeared on the BBC's Blue Peter helping presenters Barney Harwood and Lindsey Russell to train for the London Marathon. I've also featured in Panache's Role Models campaign, became a Brooks ambassador and recently started working with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.
I would like to thank all of you guys, my friends, family and sponsors for your ongoing support. I couldn't have done any of this without you.
53 is just the start and there's lots more in the pipeline, with some exciting ideas and new challenges ahead!
I'm currently working on launching my new website, so watch this space!