Running a “race” has always been a personal goal of mine so when I was tasked to fundraise for one of our chosen charities the Peter Pan Nursery, participating in this local event seemed like the perfect opportunity to conquer a personal goal as well my objective to contribute towards my teams fundraising target.
The event, organised by In the Running and sponsored by Stoke Nuffield Health Wellbeing Centre and Nuffield Health Private Hospital, started at the heart of the city in Hanley, Stoke on Trent and the task was to complete 10k in as little time as possible. Extremely well organised, over 700 people took part in this event and the atmosphere was absolutely electric. It was great to see so many bright and bubbly people running for their chosen charity, the Douglas Macmillan Hospice and the Donna Louise Trust, to name but a few.
The event kicked off at 10.30am on a sunny Sunday morning in Hanley Park with a hilarious aerobics warm up instructed to the crowd by a number of extremely enthusiastic fitness instructors from the Stoke Nuffield Health Wellbeing centre.
The run was all around the city with the route taking us around the City Centre, Shelton and Fenton with the finishing line back where the journey started in Hanley Park.
I completed 10k in 1 hour and 7 minutes, which is a little more time taken than I wanted but apparently this is very good for my first ever race! I wasn’t last anyway so that’s good!
This has given me the thirst to participate in highly anticipated event The Potteries Marathon which sees a return in 2015… Let the training commence!
An excellent, well organised event that I can highly recommend to any first time “race virgins” like myself.