Did you spot Muggy and the Muggettes at the Cardiff Half Marathon? Inside the suit was Fay Sharpe who ran the 13-mile course inside Muggy. We caught up with Fay to find out a little more about her marathon effort!
You have been running for 30 years, so you are very fit and very experienced but what are the particular challenges of running as Muggy?
It is very hot running in Muggy. Vision is limited to directly in front of you – hence the need for my wonderful Mugettes to act as my spare pair of eyes & ears.
Drinking is an issue unless you remember to bring a straw as there is not enough room to tip up a bottle inside Muggy. Running as Muggy takes a long time – mainly because the spectators are so brilliant and they all want to shake Muggy’s hand, give a high five, drop money in our buckets and sometimes even want Muggy to pose for pictures (which he always does obviously for a small donation)
This is your first Cardiff Half Marathon running as Muggy, and this year he is being joined by the Muggettes. Tell me about Muggy’s helpers? What will they being doing on the day to help Muggy raise money?
The Mugettes are amazing! They do all the hard work – they look after Muggy doing everything from being spare ears & eyes, warning other runners to be careful around Muggy, and also making sure Muggy has enough food and drink. They carry the buckets which can become very heavy in just a few miles. They motivate the crowd to shout for Muggy, they smile at EVERYONE (Muggy does too but people can’t see me smiling from inside Muggy) and all of this whilst running the whole distance with Muggy and also picking up any struggling runners on route and getting them to join Muggy and the Mugettes to the finish line.
Have you set yourself a goal in terms of time or amount raised on the day?
We are assuming about three hours but don’t really care how long it takes us as long as we get to the pub afterwards in time for some lunch and a well earned drink before our bus leaves Cardiff at 5pm to come home to Swansea.
My target from fundraising we have already done and collections on the day is £1500. If we manage to raise this amount, Muggy and the Mugettes will be laughing all the way to the bank and back again.
You’ve been raising money for Macmillan for a good few years now can you tell me why?
I know it is a cliche but everyone DOES know someone affected by cancer. I began volunteering for Macmillan when I retired in 2009 as I wanted to give something back by working for a Charity one day a week. I have always run so when the opportunity arose to run Swansea Bay 10K as Muggy several years ago and try to raise some money for Macmillan, I jumped at the chance. Muggy has now done Swansea 10K lots of times and so this year felt we needed to “up the anti”. We decided as a team to give Cardiff Half Marathon a go. Twice the distance, twice as many Mugettes needed and so we are hoping to raise at least twice the money (our previous best was approximately £600)
If people would like to support your fantastic effort, where can they sponsor you?
You can still donate on line at our Justgiving page :
You are a very experienced runner and obviously adore it, what would suggest to someone who was thinking of taking it up?
Run because YOU can (many others would love to but are physically unable to do so, every step further you take, think of how much it would mean to them if only they could do it)
Run at your own pace & never be afraid to walk if needed (it is not a competition, take your time and while you are out there take time to appreciate this beautiful world we live in).
Run because YOU want to (it is not easy starting off and you have to do it for yourself and not to please or impress anyone else)
Run for pleasure and ALWAYS join a group (if there isn’t one available get your mates to start wit you. It is so much easier in company and you will make friends for life)
Many thanks Fay for giving us your time!