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Julie Curran and friends are doing the Belfast Marathon 5K

julie-CEvent date: 2nd May 2016


My hypothyroid story starts in Summer 2013 where I noticed bald spots at the front & back of my head, it was put down to stress & a poor diet (the latter was true & probably didnt help) Nothing of major significance came up on the blood test & when the hair started coming back it was all forgotten.

Belfast Marathon logoThen at the end of Summer 2015 I noticed the skin on my forehead was getting worse & worse with again no real explanation. My already poor energy levels were dropping too & with having fairly bad insomnia I couldnt manage to bring my energy levels up.

It was when I returned to uni that I felt everything spiral out of control. I was regularly feeling emotional, depressed & the classic "brain fog" hypothyroid suffers feel. Worst of all I knew something was wrong with me but I couldnt explain it to anyone.

In November I had to withdraw & return home where I had to deal with GPs who understood the condition as poorly as I did at that point. Only until I got to see a specialist that everything started to make sense. I still havent got it completely under control but I know that I feel 1000 times better than I did this time 6 months ago

Every year my friends and I do the Belfast Marathon 5K Fun Run (which none of us find fun due to lack of training each year) and this year we have decided to do it for Thyroid UK.


Oli Burns is Running (not walking!) the Edinburgh Marathon

Event Date: 29th May 2016



Oli says:

I have had Thyroid disease and have had to have my Thyroid removed. I am on medication daily and live a normal life. I would like to raise money for Thyroid UK so that they can support and help people who have Thyroid problems.

Just 26 miles of running - I want to do this in under 4 hours (3.30 would make me very happy).

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Rachel Hill is leading the 'United Unicorns' in the Manchester Color Run 5k (UK)

Event Date: 2nd July 2016

The Color Run UK

Rachel says:

I have thyroid disease. Society generally sees this life-long condition as being manageable in day to day life, uncommon and 'just an excuse for being fat and lazy'. The condition, when I was at my worst, gave me over 20 separate symptoms, which were debilitating and took control of my life.Thyroid UK struggle as a charity, to raise funds, as it's not a well-known charity, and thyroid disease itself isn't well known. It is so important we raise awareness.

My current health is not great, due to having thyroid disease and the course will be a real challenge for me. I struggle every day with my mobility, with my joints and muscles and simply walking or going upstairs can be a real task for me.

United Unicorns

What is The Color Run?
The Color Run is the original, largest and most unique 5km run in the world, celebrating healthiness, happiness, friendship and having the time of your life.
Thousands of people start the day in a white t-shirt, getting covered from head to toe in a rainbow of colours at each kilometre of the course.

For more info about the Color Run UK, click here



Nicky Clifford-Goss is taking part in the London to Cambridge 100km.

Event Date: 2nd July 2016

Nicky tells us:

Having lived with someone (My Mum) all of my life who has suffered from Thyroid I always that thought it was quite rare. There were days that my mum was too tired to do anything as well as the side effects that came along with the disease but to discover a year or so ago that my wife was always suffering from this disease made me realise that this disease is not so rare after all.

Michelle has days where she is too tired to do anything and can be grumpy as she gets frustrated as she feels she has wasted her day/time because she has no energy. I want to raise money to provide support and guidance for a disease that is very common and that the majority of people living with it have to get on with their lives even though each day can be debilitating due to the lack of energy.


Benidorm or Bust!

Event date: 08 - 11th June-2016

Jackie Careless and her husband Glenn are taking part in the Benidorm or Bust banger rally.

Benidorm or Bust rallyJackie and Glenn will be driving over 1500 miles from the Black Country to Benidorm over 4 days. The car rally involves treasure hunts and lots of activities to complete while travelling through the UK, France and Spain. There will be a total of 150 cars partaking.

Jackie says:

'We intend on dressing up our 20 year old Volvo estate and ourselves to match so that we stand out from the other cars! Thyroid UK is a fantastic charity, please sponsor us.'



Linda Kendell has signed up to take part in the 100km South Coast Challenge

Event date: 27-August-2016


LindaLinda tells us:

I've completed 3 of these challenges previously but never with a disease that can leave you unable to get out of bed in the morning or make walking to the end of the road a challenge in itself.

I was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism in Sept 2014 and through medication I'm now able (mostly) to conduct my day to day life. There's still fatigue, brain fog, memory shot to pieces, and doctors are not the most informative people when you have a whole list of questions so it's online and places like Thyroid UK that help.

I am committing to walking 50km of the South Coast Challenge which starts in Eastbourne, pops over the Seven Sisters and continues on towards Arundel.

I have signed up for the 100km as I would hate to get to 50km and not have the option to continue but until I actually get out and do some long distance training I have no idea what's going to happen.

Gemma Carter is doing the South Coast Challenge - 100km

Event Date: 27th August 2016

Gemma says:

I have 'borderline' hypothyroidism. My thyroid lives in it's own little world (a lot like my mind!). Some months it will 'normal', others it will be 'abnormal'; I call it my 'yo-yo' thyroid. Despite the 'borderline' tagline, I still suffer from the horrible symptoms that the Thyroid disease can bring.I want to be able to contribute to making a difference to Thyroid sufferers; promote awareness of this silent disease and show that despite the frustrations and symptoms, anything is possible!

I would like to raise money so that Thyroid UK can continue to fund research into the Thyroid and borderline hypothyroidism ...because everyone is different! I'm also raising money for Thyroid UK for my relatives who suffer from hypo / hyper thyroidism
So never one for doing things quietly and having never participated in any type of running related race....I've challenged myself to the 100km walk / run during the South Coast Ultra Challenge 2016!

South Coast Challenge


The route - Eastbourne to Arundel
A sea front start, up Beachy Head, through Seven Sisters Country Park and along the South Downs Way to Brighton & on to the Arundel finish line!

For more info on the South Coast Challenge, click here




Laura's Half Marathon Marathon!

Event Date: 2nd October-2016 - 13th January 2018


Laura-WLaura tells us:

In 2011 my Goddaughter (Georgia) was born with Congenital Hypothyroidism (CHT), a disorder that affects 1/3500-4000 babies born each year. Early detection of CHT means early treatment to ensure that infants do not develop irreversible neurological disability, luckily Georgia was diagnosed at 10 days old.

In order for Georgia's body to get the right amount of hormones, she has to take medication everyday for the rest of her life (along with various tests). She is a very brave, healthy, lively, caring, cheeky little girl (everything you would expect of a 5 year-old) and so with Georgia in mind it is Thyroid UK that I will be running for.

13 going on 30!
I will be running a series of half marathons over a course of 16 months. I aim to run at least 13 half marathons and all before I turn 30 in January 2018. Hence the title '13 going on 30!'.

My challenge will begin in October 2016 when I will run the Bournemouth Half Marathon. I am still in the process of scheduling the rest of the half marathons, but I will need to complete one half marathon a month basically.

I will be signing up for registered half marathons in the UK, but if I find the dates do not work out I will run my own half marathon and have someone cycle or run alongside me in order to prove it! :) I will upload the other dates of my events as I book them!

I look forward to beginning my challenge and raising as much as I can for Thyroid UK! The more of you I have to support me along the way, the easier it will be! I look forward to sharing my journey with you all.



Emma is doing 25k of the London 2 Cambridge Challenge

Event date 2nd July 2016


Emma tells us:

Last year my husband was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer, and has since had a total thyroidectomy and radiotherapy. Thyroid cancer in men is still very rare but numbers are rising. Any donation is greatly appreciated, thank you for your support!