16th May 2016

Pounding the Pavements for Shelter

Summer is just around the corner and we’re starting to see the first glimpse of the warmer weather which is usually my reminder that I really should start working on that all important “summer body”…. But not this year.

This year I started early!

Every year Berwins concentrates on raising as much money as possible for it’s chosen charity, be that an annual charity campaign for one large organisation or a monthly drive for 12 smaller charities nominated by staff as in 2014. This year our nominated charity is Shelter and in February the dreaded email came round asking for volunteers to enter The Great North Run in September 2016.

Initially I tried to ignore it, the thought of running 13.1 miles making me want to run in the opposite direction (see what I did there?!). My running experience consists of a 5k run in 2005 and a 5k run and a 10k run in 2014 with not much in between and certainly nothing in over a year.

But then I started to think of the benefits:

  1. A head start on the “summer body”;
  2. A general overall increase in my personal fitness; and
  3. Raising lots and lots of money for an amazing charity which helps people not only in Harrogate but all over the country.

So I did it, I signed up and went for my first training run the following week and do you know what? I’m actually enjoying myself!

From struggling to run 2 miles in February 2016 I am now comfortably running distances of 6-7 miles and usually covering between 10-15 miles a week as part of my training. With 4 months to go I’m halfway there and although I’ve still a fair bit of work to do I’m confident I’ll get there.

So if you see me or any of the other Berwins GNR volunteers running around Harrogate be sure to give us a wave and contact us to donate generously to Shelter!

Jo Bowden

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