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Details on how to sign up for the December Daily Dash

PUBLISHED: 11:56 20 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:47 21 November 2018

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Do something different this Christmas by signing up for the December Daily Dash – a commitment to run, walk or jog three miles every single day throughout December!

The idea, originated up by husband-and-wife team Jackie and Mark Smith from Cookham in Berkshire was started three years ago to help raise much-needed funds for the great work done by the Sue Ryder hospice charity, who gave Jackie’s dad fantastic care during the last few months of his life.

Jackie says: “I lost my mum first to ovarian cancer in October 2013, followed by my dad, who lost his battle with cancer of the thymus gland in March 2015. I wanted to turn this horrible experience into something positive and raise money to support Sue Ryder. When Dad became unable to look after himself at home, the doctors and nurses at the hospice offered him a haven at a very bleak time and looked after him with care and dignity. For that, we will always be grateful.”

This is the fourth edition of the December Daily Dash and it’s a great way to create some space in the busy Christmas period; start the new year feeling fresh and fit; and enjoy the camaraderie of joining friends, colleagues and like-minded others from around the world in a worthwhile and achievable challenge.

“Three miles might not seem a huge distance to tackle, but when you consider that we will be doing this every day, in possibly freezing temperatures, whilst everyone else is busy drinking Prosecco and enjoying the festive season, you can see we have a challenge on our hands!” says Jackie.

“The Dash is tough but totally achievable, and the camaraderie along the way is hard to beat, so I’d encourage many more people to get involved,” she continues. “I am not a runner; several of our participants have run marathons or done Ironmans but I definitely haven’t and running three miles a day is hard for me! If I can do this anyone can.”

And based on that, our Editor, Sarah, has signed up for the challenge. Join her and the other Dashers on Strava and also at decemberdailydash2018.eventbrite.co.uk. Get yourself some bright pink threads and begin fundraising at justgiving.com/teams/ddd18.

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