A charity supporter who completed his first-ever virtual event last year, at the start of the pandemic, for Trinity Hospice is close to achieving his 100th event medal.
Ian Lindsey, 40, works for Beaverbrooks the Jewellers, which regularly promotes charitable events and activities to employees.
When the company advertised the Virtual Beaverbooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run to staff last April, Ian thought he’d give it a go.
“I’d never really done anything like it before, but as I’d been walking my new dog, Domino, I thought I’d give it a go.”
As the Blackpool 10k was his first event with Domino, they split the distance across two walks, completing 5km on two consecutive days.
“Knowing we were achieving something just added to the work we were doing together and gave a real feeling of accomplishment.”
Ian said the event gave him the motivation he needed to get out walking during the lockdown and a huge sense of pride when he completed the event and received his well-earned medal.
“That’s what drove me. Getting that medal made me wonder what else was out there for me to take part in, and my inner-geek was satisfied with some of the offerings.
“I started to set myself targets – 10 medals, 25 medals, 52 medals. Now I have 90 medals and less than a month before I return to work.”
Many of Ian’s medals have been achieved by walking distances around his hometown in Manchester for charity, including the Poppy Run for the British Legion and themed walks.
“My favourite event was the Poppy Run, and the reason was purely coincidental.
“I walked it on Remembrance Day at Werneth Low. I didn’t realise there was a memorial there, and we timed it perfectly to finish at the memorial as the bugle sounded. It was so unexpected and so poignant.
“I am desperate to make it to 100, and while I was searching for my final 10 events, I came across this year’s Virtual Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run. What better way to complete my year the way it began? There couldn’t be a better event to end it with.”
Ian is now preparing for his final run, which he will complete on 11th April – the day before returning to work as Store Manager at Beaverbrooks in the Omega Boutique in Trafford. In the meantime, he is working towards his other nine medals, which he will earn following a series of superhero-themed events in aid of the MPS Society.
“I know this year has been strange, but I have something to show for it.
“100 medals earned, two stones in weight loss, and I have a new-found positivity that all started when I received one medal.”
Ian doesn’t plan to stop now. Although being back at work will affect his availability, Ian is planning to start taking up running challenges and even wants to do a skydive before the end of this year.