I’m a writer, a runner and a fundraiser.
I’ve raised money for a variety of causes over the years by doing many different challenges. My most recent was to run 50 marathons for the dementia research charity BRACE, after my dad Bernard was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2011.
Sadly he died eight weeks before I reached my goal – crossing the finish line of my 50th marathon at Edinburgh, three days after my 50th birthday.
I started this blog partway through the marathon challenge and shortly after being diagnosed with OCD, hence the name of the blog. I find running helps me deal with some of strange ways my mind works, or at least gives me a sense of relief through the freedom of the open road or pathway.
I hope that by writing this blog it will help raise funds for BRACE and increase awareness about dementia. And also show how running can help with mental health issues.
Aside from this blog, I’ve written a children’s story called Tuamor the Turtle http://www.tuamortheturtle.com and I am working on others.
I’m active in our local community, organising a popular annual 10km run, now in its tenth year, I’m secretary of our local running club, help with a children’s running group, and I’m a volunteer reader at a local primary school.
I have an online sponsorship page at www.justgiving.com/Jo-EarlamBRACE
Thank you for your interest and support.