Imagine going from not being able to run one kilometre to running a full marathon - by yourself! This is Jennifer Ryan's inspirational story.
On her GoFundMe fundraising page, she wrote, "The day the lockdown [because of COVID-19] was announced I decided to dust off my running shoes and go for a run, only to all too quickly realise that my begrudged body could barely make it past the 1 kilometre mark. I then decided that I would take the 10 hours a week I was spending commuting and use it to train for a marathon. Here we are, 16 weeks on from that fateful March day and just this weekend, I ran 36 kilometres."
She documented her journey especially in funny Instagram stories which you will be able to watch below.
Jenny exceeded her goal of €1,000 by €3,630. What an achievement!
Whilst her GoFundMe fundraiser is closed, you can still donate to ALONE directly by going to their website. ALONE is an Irish charity that supports our senior citizens when they need help in such varied areas as financial support, experiencing elder abuse, living in substandard accommodation, feeling isolated, requiring additional support to remain living in the community and much more. Please do go to their website and learn about their work, it is a real eye opener!
At the same time, Jenny made it her business to raise awareness for Irish producers of food, fashion, soap, drinks and more, pointing out that every Euro spent locally helps the local economy.
Ourselves and all the other Irish producers were only to happy to help her achieve her aspiring goals by donating products which were raffled off after the marathon.
On her GoFundMe page, you can see how many of the Irish producers she got on board, all eager to help! (Please remember that it is closed for donations now.)
We want to applaud Jenny for her enormous commitment, and thank her for her community spirit - what a wonderful lady she is!
Watch her Instagram stories which we assembled in this 4 minute video: