Emma Holford (a South Hampshire Paramedic) decided to do something a bit different to celebrate her 40th year.
While many of us may choose a trip away or throw a huge party to mark this particular milestone, Emma opted for a new challenge, though to be precise, 12 new challenges, to raise money for The Murray Parish Trust’s #2MillionSteps appeal.
Together with her husband Steven Holford she is aiming to complete a fitness challenge each month throughout 2017 to include 10k runs, Half Marathons and Triathlons!
“As a local paramedic in the South Hampshire area, and a parent myself, I truly welcome the opportunity to support the 2 million steps campaign to raise money for a paediatric specialist emergency and trauma unit in Southampton at University Hospital Southampton.”
Emma and Steve regularly run in their home town Chandlers Ford and often take part in Eastleigh’s Park Runs.
Steven Holford starts things off this weekend at the Brooks Hell Runner ‘Down South’ on 14th January “Tougher than Tough Mudder and grimmer than The Grim”
Emma is taking the first of her 12 Challenges in 12 Months on the 28th January competing in the Brutal 10 Women’s Only.
UPDATE – The story so far…
Emma & Steve completed both their January challenges, then in February ran the Winchester 10k. Their 3rd challenge took them to Coventry where they completed the Half Marathon in 2hrs 11mins on the 19th March.
Four challenges in was a very muddy obstacle race, ‘The General’ in Winchester on 2nd April and they are both now headed for the ABP Southampton Half Marathon on Sunday (23rd April) which will be challenge number 5 of #12Challengesin12Months. – updated 20th April 2016
Monday 1st May – HALFWAY THROUGH! – Emma & Steve completed the Winchester Triathlon (Try-Tri Events) which means they have now reached challenge No.6.
#12ChallengesIn12Months Itinerary so far..
Jan: Brooks Hell Runner Down South ( Steven) 28th Women’s Only Brutal 10k (Emma)
Feb: 26th Winchester 10k
Mar: 19th Coventry Half Marathon
Apr: 2nd The General Winchester 10k Obstacle Race and TBC Southampton 10k or Southampton Half
May: TBC May Day Novice Triathlon Winchester or Great Run Bristol 10k
Jun: TBC Two Castles Run or Poole or IOW Festival of Running
Jul: TBC Peddle, Paddle, Race Winchester or St Swithun’s Novice Triathlon
Aug: Emma’s birthday month! Event TBC
Sep: Hursley 10k Off Road Trail Run Emma is off on a surprise holiday this month!
Oct: Great South Run Porstmouth &Southsea
Nov: To be decided.
Dec: Hopefully a Santa Run