Tanya’s ’12 Month Challenge’ continues

May 5, 2020 | Jenni Ashford

Help get Tanya to the £1K fundraising mark!

Tanya, the Assistant Spa Manager at Wear Park Spa is now a quarter of the way through a year of fundraising challenges for Devon Freewheelers EVS – wanting to raise money for this vital local charity while ‘celebrating’ her 40th birthday year.

Not one to let a little thing like ‘lockdown’ get in her way, Tanya is ploughing ahead to achieve the challenges she set at the start of the year and continue raising much needed funds for Devon Freewheelers EVS – also known as ‘Blood Bikes’ who deliver blood where and when required by the NHS.

Tanya’s March challenge took place just before lockdown started – the infamous Totally Muddy 10K at Ashcomb.  Did Tanya emerge covered in mud from head to toe? ‘Does a bear *run* in the woods’?  Of course she did. And, in typical Tanya style she ran it wearing bear ears too…

Tanya said, ” The Totally Muddy was totally awful! I managed to fall over in thick mud literally a metre from finish line but…I loved it!”

For April, the challenge was adapted in light of lockdown. Tanya ran 65 miles in the 30 days of the month. Finishing on 68 miles, she decided to add an extra day in and round it up to 70.

Tanya continued, “It is so important for me to complete a crazy challenge each month, regardless of lockdown, as that’s the promise I made to at the start of the year.  Devon Freewheelers – or Blood Bikes – is close to my heart as my husband volunteers for them and I see the incredible work they do! During this Covid-19 situation, sticking with these challenges – and adapting them if events are cancelled – is vital to keep money coming in. So many charities have lost essential funding through charity events being cancelled due to the pandemic.”

May’s challenge was supposed to the Jurassic Coast Half Marathon. Tanya’s expecting to hear the event has been cancelled and is already preparing an alternative. Her back up plan is to simply run a solo coastal race. Jim, Tanya’s husband, will drop her off 13.5 miles away from their home in Exmouth and she will run home along the coastal route.

Tanya said, “The pride I have for Jim is huge. He is so dedicated to Blood Bikes, that I want to support him and the other selfless volunteers working with him – who ensure that blood is where it’s needed, as soon as it’s needed, regardless of the time, day or night.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the charity and my fundraising antics, including my colleagues at Wear Park Spa and Exeter Golf and Country Club.”

If you would like to support Tanya in her fundraising for Blood Bikes, you can donate online via her JustGiving page.

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