Who am I?

I’m Julia Belyavin.  Day job is being a barrister (see www.stjohnschambers.co.uk).  When I’m not being a barrister, I enjoy running and playing the violin, but never at the same time.

Update (Dec 2021): I no longer run competitively, and nowadays just run for fun and fitness.  I’ve kept the blog as a memory of the Run Home For Christmas, and the (generally!) happy years of training and racing that followed.

What is Running Home For Christmas?

It’s a blog as I undertake my first ultra (and first multi-stage event): running from Bristol to Reading along the Kennet & Avon Canal.

Updating note: I started this blog in 2011 as I was preparing to run home for Christmas that year.  Since 2012 it’s become a bit more of a general running/MND awareness blog.

Why Run Home for Christmas?

I explain this in my first blog post.  It’s to raise money for motor neurone disease after a friend was diagnosed this July.  I thought I’d better do something a bit different, as after 8 marathons I don’t think just finishing a marathon would really cut the mustard.

Note: this was the situation in 2011.  I’ve completed a few more marathons since, and indeed the run home (at the risk of spoiling the punchline! – read ALL about it in the December 2011 blogposts).

Where can you sponsor me?

Thank you for asking!  Go to www.justgiving.com/runninghomeforchristmas.

Note: the fundraising page is now closed, but you can donate to MNDA via their website.

Want to know more about MND?

There’s a wealth of information at http://www.mndassociation.org/.   Some of the website is quite frank, and so if you have recently been diagnosed, please bear this is mind.


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