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New Year ChampagneDone it! 366 days (8,784 hours) without ANY alcohol complete! I would like to say a HUGE thank you to all who have supported me on my year without beer. In total I have now raised over £600 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Cancer Research UK. It is not too late to add your support – the just giving pages will be stay active under the end of January 2013 and all sponsorship is greatly appreciated:

  • To donate to Cancer Research UK please click here to visit my just giving page or donate by text – send AYWB66 and the amount to 70070. For example, texting “AYWB66 £5″ will donate £5.
  • To donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust please click here to visit my just giving page or donate by text – send AYWB55 and the amount to 70070. For example, texting “AYWB55 £5″ will donate £5.

So did I drink at 12:01?

A lot of people have been asking me if I would be “getting back on it” as soon as Big Ben chimed in the New Year. To be honest, this alcohol free year has really surprised me in that I no longer miss the booze and despite what many people expected I wasn’t counting down the seconds to be able to get my hands on a drink. I did have a few sips of champagne to toast the New Year with friends, but that was it. I am really not bothered about drinking anymore. I am not saying I will never drink alcohol again, but I suspect it will be a rare occasion as I have really enjoyed being sober!

During my year without beer I have lost 3 Stone 5lbs in weight (47 pounds / 21 kilos) and since I started running back in June I have run over 670 miles! As we start 2013 I feel so much younger and healthier than I did 12 months ago, so what next?

Running for a cure

I started running this year to realise a dream I’ve has since I was a kid. When I was younger my Dad ran the Southampton Half Marathon and I always wanted to follow in his footsteps. In October I did this when I completed the Great South Run in 1 hour, 23 minutes and 45 seconds. My Dad ran in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

My cousin’s son Adam was born with Cystic Fibrosis, one of the UK’s most common life-threatening inherited diseases. Throughout his short life Adam was an inspiration to all who were lucky enough to meet him. Despite being in hospital far too many times Adam never once complained, not even of a headache. He was a cheeky monkey too and the world is sadly much quieter without him. Adam passed away in 2003 aged just 18.

Cystic Fibrosis affects over 9,000 youngsters, clogging vital organs with thick sticky mucus. There is presently no cure. The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is the UK’s only national charity working for families with CF and to find a cure.

I have been raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust on my year without beer in memory of Adam, and also Cancer Research UK in memory of my Dad. 2013 marks the 15th anniversary of my Dad losing his fight with Cancer and 10 years since we lost Adam so I have decided to continue my Dad’s work – running to help the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

So, my year without beer may be over, but the new healthier me is just beginning. Good job really as I have a at least 2 half marathons, a full 26.2 mile marathon and a return trip to the Great South Run to train for!