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Total raised so far

106%

£800.00 of £750 target +£142.50 Gift Aid See breakdown

Recent donations

7 months ago

Anonymous

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Boom!

7 months ago

Zeph

£34.00

+ £8.50 Gift Aid

🦒

7 months ago

John McRae Smith

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Well done Kevin, great charity

7 months ago

Arwyn

£50.00

Well done, that looked tough!

7 months ago

David Beazley

£26.00

+ £6.50 Gift Aid

Best of luck

7 months ago

Pete Sanders

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Best of luck

7 months ago

Anonymous

£50.00

7 months ago

Alison

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Best wishes for a great run!

7 months ago

Matt

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Good luck Kevin, have a great race!

7 months ago

Verity

£20.00

Good Luck Kevin!

Kevin's Royal Parks Half Marathon

Event date: 8th October 2023

Kevin Lewis is raising money for Providence Row

My story

I've never been homeless or needed to sleep rough. I can't know for sure how close I came to it though.

But I've seen close up the impact of homelessness on people try to get, and stay, clean and sober. It's a vicious cycle - fear of homelessness, and then the guilt and shame of actual homelessness, and how these contribute to the dysfunction of addiction. And once in the cycle, it's extremely difficult to break out of it.

Providence Row are an amazing charity that works in London that focuses on homelessness and rough sleeping, and provides services to clients to support them through this, including providing hot meals, support for wellbeing and and health, and training. The Tower Hamlets Reset Outreach and Referral Service Team are based at Providence Row, providing non-judgemental support for people dealing with with alcohol and substance abuse.

YouView are proud to have Providence Row as our charity of the year.

Oh yeah, forgot to mention. I this is a 21.1km run. Not gonna lie, that feels like a long way at the moment, given the challenges with my physical and mental health this year. I'm slowly trying to build some semblance of fitness, but it's not an easy journey. The race is 11 weeks today, so 🤞🏻


Thank you for checking out my page. Making a donation is fast, easy and secure thanks to Give as you Live Donate. They'll take your donation and pass it onto Providence Row.

My updates

7 months ago

Royal Parks half? Completed it, mate. 🤣

Though it was a bit warm. And I did go off very fast. And I felt terrible.

Sounds like a normal race to me...

Finished in 1:58:38, which was within the envelope of what I was hoping. Some 12 minutes slower than my PB. But I've worked to reframe this - my victory was getting to the start line, after the year I've had.

To everyone who has supported me, I'm very grateful.
If you think you've missed the window of opportunity to donate, this will stay open a little longer, so please consider making a contribution to Providence Row via my page. ❤️

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7 months ago

Thursday. 3 days to race day.

Got the traditional pre-race chesty cough and sore throat, following an office earlier in the week. Hopefully it will completely clear before the race.

Unless there's an unexpected plot twist, I'll be at the start line on Sunday. My start time is 09:09. I'm not expecting a PB, but I will get round.

There's still time to donate to Providence Row, if you'd like to support them in their efforts to help people out of homelessness. I'd appreciate your support too.

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7 months ago

13 days, and getting there...

We're in the final sprint now, but no sprinting here, more of a gradual crawl towards the start line.

Yesterday (Sunday) I ran 16km/10miles and it felt fairly comfortable, despite being a little fatigued. Today has been a little challenging but I think this will be my last long run before the half, so hopefully enough time to get over any LC rebound and be fresh for the 8th October.

Why am I doing this? A few reasons... running is my happy place. It's a place where I can clear my mind, briefly; it's almost like meditation. I'm also running to be with the 11 other YouView colleagues participating (I won't be first to finish, that's for sure, but that's not the point). I love having a reason to run - a race in the diary is a huge motivation, this race is the only one I'm likely to start this year.

And finally, because of Providence Row. This little charity does such great work with homeless people, and provides drug and alcohol rehab services. And if you know anything about me, you'll know these things are important to me.

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8 months ago

4 weeks to the Royal Parks half marathon

I won't lie, training is not where I'd like it to be. Three weeks ago, I ran 15km (great!) and two weeks ago 10km, but then experienced a massive long covid crash, that lasted over a week. I was completely wiped out (understatement), so no training for 10 days, other than my daily walks.

This week has been exceptionally hot. I've returned to training with cycling and running, with a 10km treadmill run in my garage today, which was cooler than the conditions outdoors.

I'm feeling anxious about another LC rebound, but I'm hoping that I've not overdone it too much this week. Fingers crossed. 🤞

Task #1 is to get to the start line. I think that's probable now. If you'd like to help me get to that, please do consider making a donation, it would help my motivation greatly, and it makes a huge difference to Providence Row.

Thank you for your support.

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9 months ago

13km this morning. My longest run in quite some time. It feels like I'm making some progress at last, and with 8 weeks to the half marathon, that's welcome news.

What I've not said much about is my journey through long covid. It's taken a good while to be referred to the Hertfordshire Long Covid rehabilitation team, and I finally had a session with them a couple of weeks ago. I was quite anxious about this, but I was met with understanding, kindness and compassion. And I left with a few specific pieces of advice and suggestions - some of which are already appearing to make a difference to my physical fitness.

Though, after today's run, I'm expecting a fatigue rebound for a few days, and I'm ready for that. It's a slow recovery, but it seems to be improving. 🤞🏻

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Kevin Lewis is fundraising for

Providence Row

Charity number: 1140192

Kevin Lewis is fundraising as part of

Royal Parks Half Marathon - Sunday 8 October 2023

8th October 2023

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