By Mike Harley.
Prior to flying out to Vilnius for number 12 of 28 I was contacted by a Lithuanian sports journalist working for the marathon who was keen to interview me. I thought our interview would be used on the marathon website but it actually made it into Lithuania’s main newspaper and site, giving ME a nationwide platform! Lina very kindly contacted the Lithuanian Football Federation to see if they would be able to sell me a national shirt to run the race in. They actually agreed to give me a free shirt with my name on the back!
I interviewed Aleksas who lives in Lithuania and suffers from ME and told me his story. We’ve estimated that up to 10,000 people in Lithuania suffer with ME, the situation there is bleak for sure. The interview has been read over 5,000 so far and hopefully together with the press coverage, it’s made a small impact.
I flew out to Lithuania via Warsaw from Heathrow and after a mammoth trip we arrived and checked into our hotel. Huge thanks to Novotel there who were incredibly kind giving us a free room upgrade, late check out and a free meal after the race; truly unbelievable. We got over to pick up the race number and goodie bag and were able to climb the Bell Tower in the cathedral square which gave great 360 degree views of the city. After a quick pasta meal and wander around town it was time to catch up on sleep and stretch for the race.
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