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We did it!

We did it!  My sister Silke and I completed the Istanbul Marathon from Asia to Europe on Sunday 11 November despite some health issues and have raised nearly £2000 for Animals Asia so far.

Silke collapsed 6 weeks prior to the marathon and only had confirmation from her doctor that she was allowed to run again 2 days before we left for Istanbul, and I had a terrible migraine the day before the race.  Not running was simply not an option for either of us.  It was a long hard run but when the going got tough the thought of Oliver, who spent 30 years of his life in a tiny cage, and all the other bears, dogs and cats we were doing this for kept us going.

About 7,000 runners took part in this unique marathon from Asia to Europe and not all managed to complete it, so we are both very pleased to have made it and hope that a few more people will feel inspired to help us reach our target of £3000 for the animals we all care about so much.  We can still be sponsored here on JustGiving

A massive THANK YOU to all who have already sponsored us and given so much encouragement along the way.

With thanks and bear hugs!


Asia to Europe Challenge

Istanbul Marathon

My sister Silke and I have registered for the Istanbul Marathon on 11th November this year to raise some of those vital funds for the suffering animals in Asia.  Although we have been training for several months now there have been setbacks due to injuries and trapped nerves but we are both determined to do this, no matter how hard it’s going to be.  Any pain we may feel is nothing compared to what the bears, dogs and cats suffer.

This is my first and possibly last marathon and Silke’s second, although the last one was 6 years ago when she was younger and fitter.  Doing the Istanbul Marathon was Silke’s idea.  As we are both coordinators of a European Animals Asia Support Group, the only marathon in the world where you run from Asia to Europe seemed like the perfect challenge to do for Animals Asia. We are aiming to raise at least £3000, which I know is a lot to hope for but if friends, family and supporters just pass on our JustGiving page with an explanation as to why we are doing this I am sure people will want to sponsor us to help Animals Asia end the suffering.  Animals Asia will not give up UNTIL THE CRUELTY ENDS.

A huge thank you to everyone who has already sponsored us and anyone who would like to show their support can do so here.  We would be very grateful if as many people as possible could pass this on as well.

Thank you all so much on behalf of the bears, dogs and cats of Asia.

Maren (London Animals Asia Support Group)


Silke (Glasgow & Loch Lomond Animals Asia Support Group)