On the road
February 4, 2017

In January, the National President of Rotary International in Great Britain, Eve Conway asked for a volunteer Rotarian to take part in the London Marathon on behalf of the charity Heads Together for Best Beginnings. As it was very early in the morning and before I was fully awake I volunteered to represent Rotary. I am a member of Shrewsbury Darwin Rotary Club which is part of Rotary District 1210 which is also supporting my challenge.

I am pleased to be able to support Heads Together which is dedicated to supporting those who have mental health difficulties. I had to take early retirement in 2009 following my own mental health difficulties and found the most positive support came through the help of others and through exercise. Since then I have participated in a number of events including long-distance triathlons but I had never thought that I would have the opportunity to take part in the London Marathon – as anyone who has seen me pounding the pavements will tell you I am not a runner!!

I am also particularly pleased to be supporting Best Beginnings as my work with children and young people with special needs and disabilities has made me very aware of the need to give all children the best possible start in life and this includes supporting parents as well.

You can visit my fundraising page here

Although I am not a user of social media, you can follow me on here, Strava where I am the founder of 60/200 club which is for us old folk who are carrying excess baggage! If you would like to join this (not)elite group please contact me.

I hope that you are able to support me and the charity as best you can and in return I promise to try and enjoy my unexpected chance to participate in this great event.

Alistair Bates

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