Hi All,

As some of you have recently indicated that some of my ideas have helped in your investing decisions/strategy I wondered if I might invite you to sponsor me in my first ever marathon?

At the tender age of 49 I'm running the ABP Newport Wales Marathon on 29th April 2018 and I have to admit I'm starting to get a little nervous.

My official number turning up has brought the race into sharp focus.

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I've undertaken loads of training over the winter, averaging 150 kms a month. The furthest I've ever run was 33km two weeks ago and make no mistake, every time I step up in distance it hurts! So trust me the marathon distance is going to hurt on the day and for a few days following.

Here's an example of me hurting in a 5Km ParkRun. You an multiply the pain by a factor of at least 7. Gawd knows what faces I'll be pulling in the last 3 miles.

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(Photo: J M Ross)

I've chosen to seek donations for two charities, Sesame Counselling Service in Newport & Cancer Research UK.

Sesame Counselling Service is a charitable donation based counselling service based in Newport, South Wales. The charity was established in the 1990's and since that time it has received no external funding instead running on a shoestring that is the client donations.  The service operates for 3 hours a week and is staffed by volunteers. As well as offering low cost counselling it also serves as a placement for trainee counsellors and it served as my placement when I went through my training between 2007 & 2009. I'm currently on the Management Committee of the charity and any funds raised will be put towards funding the supervision of the counsellors. Supervision in this context is the support and oversight of an experienced counsellor in order to ensure that the counsellors delivering the service are operating in an ethical manner. Regular and ongoing supervision is a mandatory requirement of our professional body, the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). Of late Sesame has found it hard to recruit supervisors due to limited funds and without supervision, counselling cannot be offered so the funds raised would play a crucial role in ensuring…

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