Throughout the next month, Them Pesky Kids, Oliver Blair, Michael Jobling and Ryan Harvey, will be training for the Loch Rannoch Half Marathon on October 14th. They are doing this to raise money for the MS Society, a charity which provides care and support for sufferers of MS and funds research into preventions and cures.
What is MS?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition, which means that it affects your nerves. You get it when your immune system isn’t working properly. Your immune system normally protects you by fighting off infection, but in MS, it attacks your nerves by mistake.
These nerves control lots of different parts of your body. That’s why you can get MS symptoms in many parts of your body. It’s also why everyone’s MS is different. Once diagnosed, MS stays with you for life, but treatments and specialists can help you to manage the condition and its symptoms.
(MS affects the nervous system, and therefore affects the entire body)
There are 3 different types of Multiple Sclerosis; Relapsing MS, Secondary Progressive, and Primary Progressive.
In Relapsing MS, people have distinct attacks of symptoms which then fade away either partially or completely. Symptoms you've had before might come back, or you might get new symptoms.
Many people with Relapsing MS go on to have Secondary Progressive MS. It means they have a build-up of disability, independent of any relapses.
Primary Progressive MS affects about 10-15% of people diagnosed with MS. Symptoms gradually get worse over time, rather than appearing as sudden attacks (relapses).
Who are MS Society?
The MS Society is a charity set up to raise funds for research into causes and cures, as well as offering training and support to sufferers and their carers. Their main goals are to:
- Find effective treatments that can slow, stop, and reverse the accumulation of the disability.
- To provide responsive care and support, recognising the people with MS as equal partners in their care.
- To research ways to prevent MS.
- To help build a strong community, so that those affected by MS need not suffer alone.
- To support families and carers of people with MS so they can access the support they need.
To find out more about MS Society, please visit their website: https://www.mssociety.org.uk/
Why are we raising money for the MS Society?
In 2012, Ryan's father, Danny, was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis after years of symptoms developing and being misdiagnosed. MS is especially difficult to diagnose but once the family knew, MS society were able to give support over the years through the changes and challenges it brought to daily life.
Slowly, Danny began to experience more and more symptoms as the condition progressed, eventually forcing him to leave work, and he has now lost the ability to walk. MS Society has helped him socialise, find the correct mobility assistance he needs, and find confidence in living with the condition.
Daniel Harvey was a hardworking and supportive father to a family of 4 boys, and was the primary earner of the house before he had to leave work. A construction site manager, St John Ambulance Volunteer, and general DIY handyman; he was independent and good with his hands. Losing this has been especially difficult on him and the family. Over the years, the NHS and MS Society have done a fantastic job at helping them adapt to the new challenges that the disease causes over time, and now Ryan, and the other Pesky Kids, are looking to give back.
What is the half marathon?
Loch Rannoch is a freshwater loch in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. It is over 15 kilometres long in a west-east direction with an average width of about 1.2 kilometres, and is deepest at its eastern end, reaching a depth of 130 metres. (Source: Wikipedia)
It is described on the RunNation website as Undulating, which means it has rolling hills, like waves. It is deep in the far reaches of Ollie's homeland of Scotland, and in the middle of October, it could be quite chilly on this run in this cold and desolate landscape.
(Cold and desolate, or stunningly beautiful)
It should actually be pretty beautiful, but for 3 unseasoned runners, this could be quite the challenge. Ollie has been running for the past year, and came to the others with the idea, and since, Michael has begun his training, and Ryan, isn't training at all. When asked why, he either responds to put himself through as much pain as possible, or that he genuinely thinks that a 13-mile run is an easy thing.
Who are Them Pesky Kids?
Oliver Blair, Michael Jobling, and Ryan Harvey make up 3 parts of Them Pesky Kids, a film and video production company based in Nottingham. Last year they successfully hit their crowdfunding target to film their crime/thriller, Ariella, and now want to use their various skills to crowdfund for MS Society and document the journey to their first Half Marathon.
Them Pesky Kids make create a range of content from Short Films, Music Videos, Documentaries, Commercials and Corporate Video. They're fun loving, passionate and extremely hardworking filmmakers at the beginning of their careers, to find out more about what they do and their films, visit their website here: www.thempeskykids.co.uk