You know, I’ve ‘known’ Martine Ellis for about a year now and I can honestly say I never know exactly what she’s going to do next. I can also honestly say that I believe she can do anything.
We’ve never actually met — our homes are about 4,ooo miles apart — but I’ve had the good fortune of collaborating with her in the Merry KAL and iMake Magazine. She tirelessly produces more than a small army of creative types put together — from her popular podcast, to knitting patterns, to editing her magazine, to her countless crafty endeavors that she documents on her blog. Somehow she has even made time to answer questions for me from time to time as I worked on setting up the Socks with Sarah KAL and encouraged me to open my own Ravelry group. In fact, I don’t know that I’d have had the courage to do a lot of what I’m doing with my blog & the Socks with Sarah KAL without her. Martine is just such a force for good in this world — for that, for her energy, and for her all her tireless, fearless work she is someone I very much admire.
When she announced last fall that she intended to run the London Marathon this April, I can’t say I was surprised. Running to raise funds for Anthony Nolan, the UK’s blood cancer charity & bone marrow register, Martine — who is “not exactly a runner” — has been doing just that since October. I am just in awe of her dedication and all the work she’s been pouring into this race. I’ve also enjoyed the photos she’s shared of her runs via instagram and on her blog…
She has just done a tremendous job of sharing this journey — from the inspired photos to the snapshots of her training times. Her artistic documentation is only outdone by the actual physical effort involved. I’m so proud to say that I’m a supporter of her effort.
Today I’m telling you about Martine & sharing this undertaking of hers because she’s got just over a month to go before she transforms herself from this crafting, podcasting, magazine editing powerhouse…
To this Anthony Nolan fundraising hero…
If she inspires you like she does me and you are able, please hop over to her fundraising site & sponsor her effort. Every donation — the big & small alike — gets her a step closer to her goal and provides funds for an organization that does a lot of good for a lot of people. If she inspires you like she does me, please follow her journey these final few weeks on her blog and instagram and cheer this amazing lady on. That kind of support is oh so important, too.
Join me in a chant, won’t you?
Run, Martine, Run!
All photos used with the permission of the lovely Martine Ellis.