Neil Heppel – Edinburgh Marathon

The Challenge

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Now in its 13th year, this popular and ever-growing marathon festival takes place in Scotland’s capital city with the Edinburgh Castle as its stunning backdrop. It continues through East Lothian offering stunning views and an unforgettable running experience.

With its fast and flat route, this marathon is one of the fastest in the UK so can deliver that elusive personal best for runners! Edinburgh Marathon joined the world’s elite road races in 2012 by becoming the first marathon in Scotland to be officially recognised by the IAAF, the athletics governing body. The IAAF bronze label puts the race among the top 75 in the world making it a pivotal part of the sporting calendar for runners.

Neil’s Story

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My sporting career began mainly through the world of running. starting in school and gaining a place in the local running club, competing in many races, mainly long distance at County level. I became a personal trainer 10 years ago, the focus of this work to help people to achieve their goals and support people to get a healthier lifestyle.

I found out about the ARNI Institute and felt that this was was an area that I had a passion for, continuing to support people to achieve their goals after the devastation of having a stroke and making the impossible seem possible again.

The training I have received through ARNI enables to help people walk again, get up and down off the floor without the fear of falling, to move their fingers and so much more and this is usually something that a stroke survivor gets told they will never be able to do.

It has been a pleasure to help stroke survivors rehabilitate, to achieve their goals and support them to face their challenges over the last 2 years and feel their are many more years that i will continue to carry out this good work.

This is one of the best things I have done in my life.

 

Messages of Support

NEWSFLASH!! Neil finished the Marathon with a time of 3hrs, 18 minutes, ranking 470th out of 17,000 people…

CONGRATULATIONS NEIL!!

I pledge £30.  A great cause and I’m extremely proud of you Neil! £26

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Very proud of you Neil… good luck with the Edinburgh marathon! I will be cheering you all the way 😉 Lucy £26

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Rather you than me. You have trained so hard so should be a piece of cake!
Good luck Neil.
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Wishing you every success in the marathon, but the main thing is raising money for an amazing charity. So proud of you Neil for the amazing things you have achieved to help others. Will be an emotional day!
Will be supporting you all the way.
Love, Mum & Dad xxxx
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Go Neil!! From Chris. £30

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Go luck Neil!! From Beverley S. £50

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Good luck mate! Not that you need it after all the hills! Kyle £10

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£50 for a very worthy cause – we will all be thinking of you!!Love Lee, Jen, Libby and Will xxx £50

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Good luck Neil.  Donation made in loving memory of my inspirational Nanna, Eileen Molly Ridgewell.  Love from Laura (nee Franks), Paul, Joshua, Emily and imminent Baby Butterworth xxx £50

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Massive good luck for your run Neil! Well done for working and running for such a good cause! All the best, Mike F. £50

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Go Neil!! Thanks so much for helping stroke survivors! From Mark L £5

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Good luck for your run Neil!! From ARNI Instructor Steve M £10

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Go for it Neil! From fellow ARNI Instructor Mat H 😉 £20

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Enjoy the run Neil – you’ll nail it!! Love from Gwen £20

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Good luck hope you ache as much as I do after my PT sessions!! £10

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Massive good luck for the day Neil – very close now!! From Joanne £20

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You’re brilliant Neil – thanks for all the work you do for stroke survivors.. Angela, Alex and all the family £10

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You did it Neil! Smashed it! Well done you!!! All the best from Caroline £27.50

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Massive well done Neil! Your placing in the run is brilliant – love the pics! Elaine £10

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Collected by Neil in cash from various kind friends – thank you Neil!! £80

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Further collected by Neil from various kind friends and sent by paypal – thank you Neil!! £39

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