I first started running in 2013 when I signed up to run the British 10k to raise money for Teens Unite. Although I’m now running purely because I enjoy it instead of fundraising for charity, my reasons for starting running still help keep me motivated through my training.
This time last week I was in London spectating at the London Marathon which happens to be one of the biggest fundraising events in the UK and I saw so many amazing people running for something that’s important to them – whether it be to raise money for a charity close to their heart or simply to chase a PB time. The determination of all of the runners was really inspiring and it really got me thinking about my reasons for starting running in the first place.
|Spectating at the London Marathon|
Teens Unite are an amazing charity who support young people aged 13-24 with life limiting illnesses including cancer. They were (in fact, they still are) a huge support to me when I was going through my own personal health struggles and they’ve enabled me to meet so many other young people facing similar situations to myself. Running the British 10k was an opportunity for me to thank them for everything that they’ve done for me over the years and it was an honour to run on behalf of all of the teens whose health conditions mean that they are unable to run that distance.
|Me with some of my Teens Unite friends and Natalie Cassidy!|
Whenever I tire in my training I think about all of the inspirational people that I’ve met through Teens Unite and it really helps to lift my spirits.
|Before and after. Left: day after my transplant; Right: Showing off my British 10k bling|
One mantra that I love is “one day you won’t be able to do this but today isn’t the day“.
If you’re looking to get in to running but don’t know where to start why don’t you consider signing up to run a race for a charity that means something to you? Teens Unite still have places to run the British 10k in July!