Ran the Great North Run.
Why did you decided to run the Great North Run?
As I’m from the North East, the Great North Run is something that I’ve always wanted to do, especially running over the Tyne Bridge. However, I never thought I’d be fit enough to take part in it.
Have you ever done much running before?
Over the past few years I have tried a few 5km runs and took part in the Glasgow women’s 10K in 2009.
Why did you choose to support Chance for Childhood?
My niece spent almost a year as a volunteer with FCYF (Chance for Childhood’s Rwandan partner) and I was lucky enough to go out to Rwanda to visit her and also spend some time at the Wisdom Schools. The schools were such inspirational places, especially meeting the children and staff at the Deaf Centre. They were such lovely children and I just wanted to help in a small way by raising money for them.
What did you find the most challenging?
Probably the most challenging part of the Great North Run was the training. Motivating myself to go for a run early in the morning when I just wanted to stay curled up under the duvet was hard! However, I knew I would only get to the finish line if I put in the hours and once people started to sponsor me I knew I couldn’t let them and the children in Rwanda down.
What did you find the most enjoyable?
The support for the crowds all the way down the course was amazing and whenever you felt tired someone noticed and shouted out encouragement, which was a great help!