I have some exciting and nerve wracking news! I have signed myself up to run the Manchester Half Marathon on October 13th! I’ll be running for my chosen charity, Bone Cancer Research in memory of my son’s school friend Jude Anderton who sadly lost his battle to Bone Cancer last year. You can read more about Jude’s fundraising here.
Research into bone cancer is still one of the most underfunded cancer charities. The charity was formed in In 2006, when a group of families who had lost children and young people to bone cancer came together to make a difference. They wanted to change the fact that there was virtually no accessible bone cancer information, and practically no funding for research into this disease.
Today, the Bone Cancer Research trust aims to fund research into all forms of primary bone cancer, and ensure that information and support are available to patients of all ages. It’s a brilliant charity to support and one which helps so many children, adolescents and their families.
It feels amazing to help such a worthy cause but I’ll be very honest with you…I’m very nervous about this event! My running career has been somewhat sporadic. In the past I have enjoyed running short distances (usually 5K) for general fitness and well-being, with the occasional 10K race for charity. However, this has dwindled significantly over the last two years choosing to swap my running shoes for dumbbells and a yoga mat!
It was my recent meeting with the Solemother community through my ‘Wonderful Workshops’ that has re-ignited my enthusiasm for running. I tentatively started back with a couple of short 2 mile runs, quickly increasing to 3 miles and more recently reaching the 5 mile mark. 5 miles seems like a very long distance indeed and I still need to add another 8 miles on to that…eek!
I know I have got a long way to go (literally) and it won’t be easy but one thing that is helping massively is the support and camaraderie of the Solemother community. There are group runs happening all the time that you can choose to join in with or if you prefer to run solo, you can post your runs on the Solemother Facebook group retrospectively, for support and kudos. There are social outings and events to attend and an amazing spirit of inclusiveness with women supporting women.
I’ve also noticed an improvement in my mental health since I started running again. I’ve been feeling more energetic and motivated which is a welcome benefit and one which improves all areas of my life.
With such amazing support, a positive mindset and knowing that I am helping to raise funds for such an important cause, I’m pushing those nerves aside and giving it my all!
If you would like to sponsor me, you can visit my Just Giving page.
Love Toria x