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7 half marathons in 7 days

Date Posted: 22/08/2017

Abbey Mulla has raised in excess of £2000 for Partner West Africa over the last couple of years, in June 2017 he achieved his goal of running 7 half marathons on 7 consecutive days.

Abbey Mulla has raised in excess of £2000 for Partner West Africa over the last couple of years, in June 2017 he achieved his goal of running 7 half marathons on 7 consecutive days. Read on to hear about his journey.


PWA: Tell us a little about yourself Abbey.

Abbey: In 2009 I was about to turn 40, I was obese (16 and half stone) and a 20 a day smoker. In the space of 12 months I quit smoking and lost 4 and half stone in weight through taking up regular exercise and adopting a heathier diet and since then my life has completely changed.

I’ve decided to do this challenge for a few reasons,

  • To raise money for Partner West Africa, where one of the employees from the charity that I manage is currently volunteering;
  • To kick start my own health improvement, although I’ve been very active the last few years, over the last 12 months I got a bit lazy and put on a few pounds. I felt taking up a challenge like this would get me back on track;
  • I want to show people that you can achieve anything you put your mind, as long as you are committed and motivated.


PWA: what training have you done for your challenge? 

Abbey: I started my preparations on the 4th of Jan 2017, this included a strict diet and a tough training regime. When I start my challenge, I will have:

  • Spent 135 days in preparation;
  • Done 99 individual runs;
  • Ran a total of 618 miles;
  • Lost 30llbs (2 stone 2llbs) in weight.

Last year I did for half marathons in 4 consecutive weekends for Partner West Africa and I have also been involved in many endurance / obstacle course challenges like Total Warrior and Tough Mudder.


PWA: How did you feel once you completed the last run?

Abbey: My challenge was originally going to start on the 20th May but due to a knee injury I got on the first run I had to stop, I was very upset. I saw a physio who couldn’t find anything wrong so after a short rest I started running again, short distances at first and then gradually increased the distance till I felt confident again. On the 10th of June I started my 2nd attempt at the challenge and was relieved to have finished the first run with no pain in the knee. As the days went on I felt more and more comfortable and confident knowing that my knee and my fitness would see me through. On my 7th and last run I decided to push myself and to my delight achieved a personal best of 1:57:06! I’m glad I have been part of raising money to help such an amazing charity.

 See here how to get involved and help raise funds for Partner West Africa...you don't have to be as energetic as Abbey!

Author: Sophie - PWA Manager

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