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This Sunday I’m competing in the Newport 10k run alongside my two friends, Louisa and Natasha. I’m slightly apprehensive about this as it’ll be the first opportunity to complete this distance but I’m confident that with the support of my family, friends and volunteers on the day that the experience will be worthwhile, along with raising a significant amount of money towards our nominated charity CLIC Sargent.
If someone had told me that I’d be participating in this event some years ago I’d have laughed at them. My lifestyle had become very sedentary and with my appointment to the desk bound office job that I have at Education Supply Pool I decided that I needed to become more active.
I began running in September 2018 joining the Newport parkrun. There was a scheme entitled Couch to 5k which appealed to me as it suggested that the participants would be of a similar level and running experience to me. One of my worst fears was that I would be one of the most unfit participants there and would see everyone else disappear into the distance leaving me breathless and unable to run with them. Nothing could be further than the truth and I would highly recommend you checking them out on Facebook to look at when there next C25K program is. I cannot thank the volunteers enough for their encouragement, support and commitment that they showed every week, at every training session. I began training with them three times weekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday’s. The support and advice given is very inclusive and before I knew it found myself completing the 5K ‘Graduation’ run in the November. The atmosphere was unbelievable on the day and the volunteers make such a fuss from start to finish and even had a cake made for the special day for all the ‘couchees’, as we were called, at the finish line!
These volunteers, from the Lliswerry Runners and Caerleon Running Club, organise each training event and motivated me to achieve everything that I have to date. If like me you’re not a Gym person this group is an ideal way of becoming more active and sustaining the training schedule.
I’ve been overwhelmed by the advanced pledges made to our designated charity and all good wishes that we’ve received from all our family, friends, schools and work colleagues.
You can donate via the JustGiving page that we set up for the event:-
CLIC Sargent is a charity that fights tirelessly to stop cancer destroying young lives. They step in for families at a devastating time. When doctors say the word cancer, normal life stops. More than ever the young lives and their families need support.
When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. They provide specialist support, to help and guide each young cancer patient and their family.
For more information, visit www.clicsargent.org.uk