My name is Mike Harley, I’m 35 and live in Bristol, UK and I’m running Malta Marathon as part of my challenge to run a marathon in every country in the EU (28 in total) to help raise money and awareness for biomedical research to find a cure for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.)
One of my best friends has had ME for over 10 years and been unable to work or lead a normal life; this is the only way I feel I can help him.
Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) is characterised by a range of neurological symptoms and signs, muscle pain with intense physical or mental exhaustion, relapses and specific cognitive disabilities. It’s estimated that over 17 million people have ME worldwide and the disease is the single biggest cause of child school absence where I’m from in the UK and in many places across Europe.
I’ve completed 14 marathons so far (UK, Czech Rep, Finland, Ireland, Sweden, Greece, France, Belgium, Poland, Spain, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Netherlands and Slovenia) with 14 left to go. I’m working with Malta ME, CFS & Fibromyalgia Alliance to raise awareness and push for medical research funding for sufferers in Malta and I hope to meet patients well enough to come and cheer me on.
By the end of the challenge I will have taken nearly 60 flights, ran 10,000 race and training miles and got through over 14 pairs of trainers. I’m aiming to raise approx. 30,000 Euros for Invest In ME (www.investinme.org), a research charity funding biomedical research projects. I’m also keen to help doctors, researchers, scientists and patients to connect across Europe to find a cure quicker.