On 1st March 2021, St. David’s Day, Aaron Fowler from Weqas will be running a marathon to raise money for the NSPCC. Weqas has recently started to focus more on fundraising through its Wellbeing agenda and has previously raised money for Children In Need and Save the Children. Aaron, a Trainee Biomedical Scientist, has chosen the NSPCC as his charity of choice.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Aaron has taken up running and the furthest he has run is 16 miles. Inspired by his friend, Kelsey Price, who runs ultra-marathons and Huw Jac Brassington, who has competed in the ‘The Paddy Buckley Round’ and ‘The Dragon’s Back Race/Ras Cefn y Ddraig’, he wants to push himself to the next level by running his first marathon on St. David’s Day.
Aaron has chosen to fundraise for the NSPCC “to help children who are going through a period of difficulty as every child must have a safe and healthy environment so they’re able to thrive and reach their full potential”. According to the NSPCC, with schools being closed this has left thousands of children in crisis.
Overwhelmed by the response from his friends and family, who have donated to his just giving page, Aaron has raised over £400 within 48 hours and has now reached his target of £1,000 for the charity.
Even though Aaron cannot take part in an organised marathon on St David’s Day he still wants to bring the fun to his run and will be running dressed as a daffodil riding a dragon to celebrate his favourite day of the year – St. David’s Day. Aaron said: “Double the celebrations when I finish then!”.
The route Aaron will be taking is the same as the Cardiff Half Marathon starting at the bottom of Cathedral Road and then continuing on the Taff Trail to complete the Marathon. He will be stopping by the Weqas offices in Llanishen, Cardiff to be cheered on by his colleagues. If you see a man dressed as a daffodil riding a dragon on St. David’s Day then give him a cheer and encourage him to complete his challenge! What Aaron does hope is that his long legs will carry his pace for long enough, to enjoy the experience and to raise as much money as possible for the NSPCC.
2020 and the beginning of 2021 have provided us with many challenges. We can, however, create our own challenges to support our health and wellbeing. Others have inspired Aaron with his running and he hopes in turn that this will inspire you.
If you would like to donate: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/aaron-fowler1