Philip Bowman As a 40 something father to 2 and husband to 1, I was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia in 2017. Aplastic anaemia is a serious and potentially fatal bone marrow disease that is very rare and still little understood. There are only a few treatment options and not all of them are suitable to all sufferers. Fortunately, I was able to have a bone marrow transplant in March 2018 and this has given me a great second chance at life.

Throughout the past year my family & I have been supported by a great community of people through The Aplastic Anaemia Trust ( www.theaat.org.uk ) and as my health improves I want to do all I can to support them and drive their cause forwards. The Aplastic Anaemia Trust is a charity that aims to support everybody affected by aplastic anaemia and allied rare bone marrow failures whilst funding research into finding new cures.

During 2019, I aim to complete at least 1 running event / challenge per month starting with a 10k in January and culminating with a marathon in December - a task that would be difficult in most circumstances but will be doubly so following the past 2 years I have had. I aim to raise £10,000 for The Aplastic Anaemia Trust through sponsorship and fund raising events that will be organised with my wife Lyn Bowman.

I will write about my experiences in training and completing the challenges throughout the year sharing the high's and low's of the whole process - there may even be some excellent blister pictures to share.

You can follow my progress on my facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/1977182028971810/ ), on Instagram (@running_for_blood) and on twitter (@running_for_blood). Philip Bowman