Running is something I’ve done on and off over the years, but never as seriously as I do now. I took it up again last year to take part in the Middlesbrough 10K, but I enjoyed it so much I decided to continue. Every Saturday morning (whenever possible) I run an organised 5K parkrun with between 200-300 other runners round Albert Park in Middlesbrough, obtaining an official time recorded on a website along with everyone’s results past and current. My personal best is 25:03, but I’m hoping to run a sub-25 minute 5K sometime, that’s my goal anyway. One of the most helpful things about the results on the website is that you’re given an age graded score which enables you to compare your performance with everyone taking part.
Anyway, the reason for writing is that I’m running the Middlesbrough 10K again this year at the end of this month, raising money for WaterAid. I’ve chosen WaterAid because clean water and good sanitation are so fundamental to human life, it’s a charity on which others build. A healthcare charity will only be fully effective when it builds on the foundation of pure water, for example. Having a summer cold and chesty cough has limited my training for the 10K this year, but I’m working hard on getting ready for it now. I’d like to beat my personal best of 56:18, although I’m not holding my breath.
If you’d like to sponsor me for this good cause, you can do so here. Thank you.
Update: It was a tough 10K run as I was still feeling chesty after the cold that had aggravated my seasonal hay fever and asthma, but I was pleased to get an official time of 59:56 this year. My pace was consistent all the way round, averaging 6 min/km; but I had to push in the last stage of the race, and with a sprint finish I managed the distance in just under 60 minutes (my target). Maybe I just have to do it all over again next year to beat my personal best! A big thank you to everyone who sponsored me.