So this is me… Owain Williams, a thirty something year old man from the South Wales Valleys, currently in training to run my first ever ultra marathon (The Wye Valley 100km Challenge) and attempting to raise some money for the National Autistic Society. I’ve decided to start this blog to document my training, a way to keep myself motivated, and most importantly to raise awareness for the National Autistic Society…. with the hope that someone reads this, likes it and wants to sponsor me!
So I like to run… I’ve ran numerous races from 10k to full marathons, but still the thought of running 100km over two days kind of terrifies me! I am not a professional athlete, I’m not even a fitness/running fanatic… I’m not one of these runners that clocks up 100+ miles every week with their running tights seemingly surgically attached to them like some kind of second skin. I’m an average middle aged guy, probably carrying a bit too much timber, that likes a beer, loves his food, and would quite happily sit in front of the TV binge watching the latest must watch series on Netflix. So running a ultra marathon is a pretty big deal for me!
So why did I decide to raise money for the National Autistic Society….
Around 700,000 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum. Together with their families, this means autism is a part of daily life for 2.8 million people.
Rewind back a few years to when I left university with my degree in sports science and rugby, couldn’t find that dream sports job, so decided to apply for “stop gap” job in the care sector working with individuals on the Autistic spectrum…. Then fast forward back to today, still working in the same sector, still enjoying it, just with a whole new appreciation of how amazing people with ASD are and a better understanding of some of the daily struggles they and their families face…. That’s why I’ve decided to fundraise for this awesome cause!
So anyway, think that’s enough for my first post, more training related blogs will follow soon. If you’ve taken the time to read this far, please take another minute to look at my just giving page: