UPDATE … UPDATE … UPDATE … UPDATE … UPDATE … UPDATE … UPDATE
6 October 2009
We received this elated email from Jurgen the day after the marathon, and would like to share his experience in his own words:
Well, yesterday was the big day, and what an occasion it turned out to be. After the torrential downpour and howling gale on Saturday it was blue sky and glorious sunshine on Sunday. The route was spectacular; lovely hills initially followed by Loch Ness most of the way. I really enjoyed the run, and I felt fine most of the way. The last two miles, though, were hard, but all the others around me were similarly shuffling (rather than running) at that stage. I managed to pass the finishing line just under the target time I was hoping to achieve: 3 hours 45 minutes. Receiving the medal after crossing the finishing line was very emotional: I had done it!
My fundraising has also gone better than expected. I now have to collect the money that people have pledged, but unless anyone withdraws at a late stage I will have raised ꍆ3. There are still a couple of people who I have not managed to contact before the run, so I may still be able to reach the magic amount of £ 500.
Still in high spirits (even if my legs are aching a bit),
We would like to thank Jurgen for rising to meet not only the challenges of the road, but also for raising the funds to support bursaries to go towards the costs of the development and continuation of the Moving4ward project.
4 September 2009
MOVING4WARD is a Morayshire based project aimed at 16 -19 year olds who are not in training or employment and are facing challenges in their life. The project works with these young people to improve skills like communication and problem solving while building confidence and improving self esteem. It is designed to meet the individual needs of each participant as well as creating opportunities to work as part of a group.
The Findhorn Foundation is excited to work with the Moving4ward project by inviting these young people to participate in our work. We believe that this interaction with the Findhorn community will offer them a values based experience and the opportunity to learn essential skills.
Jurgen Hummel (pictured), who participated in a Findhorn Experience Week in 2007, is planning to run the Loch Ness Marathon on 4 October 2009 and is inspired to raise funds to help the Findhorn Foundation develop the Moving4ward project.
Please support him by either filling in a sponsorship form (if you live locally) or you can make an online donation to our Bursary Fund at www.findhorn.org/donate
Thank you for your support!
– Lisa Sutherland