Mike's EU Marathons
Mike Harley has committed to running a marathon in each of the 28 EU countries, in order to raise money for Invest in ME and biomedical research. In addition to obtaining sponsors for his marathon runs, he carries a donation can for people on the sidelines to contribute.
Mike's main motivation is to help a good friend, Ian, who has ME. During a different charity fundraiser in 2014, he had the opportunity to meet other ME patients and their families, which had such a profound effect on Mike that he launched into this more ambitious fundraiser.
Mike states: "I'm not a natural runner by any stretch, being an adopted Bristolian I love a drop of cider and it's fair to say I've had a relatively sedentary lifestyle having completed just 3 half marathons in the last 14 years (I did my first as a fresh faced 18 year old in London in 2001! UK is done, hurrah!) But I am extremely stubborn and whilst this is a hugely physically tough, time consuming and expensive challenge, it's one I'm completely committed to and for a cause to which I feel very connected to."
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Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.