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I found this post on the Guardian’s running blog interesting: Should you run for charity, or just for yourself?

I’ve never really been one to do sponsored stuff for charity. Not because I don’t think there’s any deserving causes but more because the introvert in me just doesn’t like that whole business of putting yourself about and getting in people’s faces to get sponsorship. I did Movember in 2011 but that was more of a team effort so didn’t feel so me, me, me. I’m also conscious that there’s an awful lot of this sponsorship stuff going round and being someone who feels bad if I don’t sponsor someone, I don’t want to be on the other side of that relationship, causing the guilt.

But it’s all selfish really. I always thought I’d embark on a marathon as a solo runner because I didn’t want to put any pressure on myself and have people asking how I did. Running, more than anything else, is something I’ve finally taken to because it’s just me and my music and even if I pass other runners, a nod and a smile is the extent of the social interaction. My preferred running route around Merstham means I don’t encounter that many people anyway. In a marathon situation, surrounded by thousands of other runners, I can still just be in my own bubble. But if I have a load of sponsors backing me, suddenly I’m also carrying them around with me.

So it’s a bit of a surprise to myself that I’m running the Reading Half Marathon and the only reason I agreed to doing a run longer than I think I should be doing at this stage of the tenuous race schedule I have in my head is because I’m going to be running for a good cause. Ava’s the daughter of a colleague of Polly’s, and has a type of cancer that can’t be cured. It breaks my heart to think of someone so young living with something like that. You can find out more details at If you’d like to donate, you can do so via the site, but please don’t feel like you’re under any pressure to do so.

Post title taken from Flag Day by The Housemartins