Sophie Wright, 24, from Surrey will be running the Budapest Marathon this Sunday 15 October raising money for Friends of the Elderly. Sophie has been inspired to fundraise to support our work with older people after seeing how loneliness has impacted one of her neighbours.
Sophie told us: “My neighbour has felt isolated and lonely ever since her husband died a few years ago. A quick visit, dinner one night or simply popping over to help her with household tasks makes a big difference to how she feels. There are so many older people who don’t have family, friends and neighbours as social lifelines and that’s why I want to raise money for Friends of the Elderly who support older people who are alone.”
Having previously run three half marathons (Brighton, Regents Park and Reigate), Sophie was persuaded to sign up for a full marathon by her boyfriend and their two friends. Last December, Sophie travelled to Budapest with her boyfriend, James, and thought it was such a beautiful and welcoming city. Having saying they wanted to go back to explore more, their friend Jonathon suggested they all run the Budapest marathon together this year. Since the beginning of the year Sophie has been training hard for this challenge. She says the hardest thing is the mental side of running: “There is such a thing as ‘the wall’. After 16 miles the thoughts start to creep in about whether you can push yourself much further, that’s when it gets really hard. I have to keep saying to myself that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I can’t wait to say I have run a marathon!”
Everyone at Friends of the Elderly wants to wish Sophie all the very best of luck and say a big THANK YOU for taking on this challenge to raise money for us. If you would like to sponsor Sophie, you can view her fundraising page here.
If you want to set yourself a marathon challenge like Sophie, then consider applying for the one place we have in the London marathon 2018. You can find out more here.