Running for Pearl came about in late 2009 as my daughter Pearl was diagnosed with Autism on July 21st 2009. The idea was to combine endurance events with Autism awareness in the hope of making sense of this handicap, not just for ourselves but for other families too. It slowly gained momentum and before long we found ourselves e-mailing people all over the world, writing blogs and posting event details on our Facebook page.

The feedback from strangers and friends alike has touched our family deeply and this caring spirit has inspired me to constantly raise my game and seek out new challenges all the time. I have run Marathons, 50 km races and a 100km race in Vendee western France in May of this year. Every stride is made in the name of Autism and I am only getting warmed up. In 2011 I will attempt the greatest physical challenge of my life which is to run from Mizen head to Malin head which is from the South of Ireland to its northernmost tip.

I find that the journey through life with an Autistic child is mirrored in my running adventures. The ups and downs of the road reflect the highs and lows that are part of life. But together we will overcome, I invite you to share our journey and make a difference in a child's life. Please browse through our site and sign our guest book if you have the time.

We walk this long road together.

June 2010

Malcolm Running for Pearl

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