Running for Body & Soul

Posted on: 22nd July 2013

The sun’s out, the evenings are long, and we are delighted to have an array of amazing people braving the heat (and sometimes rain!), putting on their shoes and running for Body & Soul!

Earlier this summer, Ambrose and his friends ran the Belfast Marathon for Body & Soul, the first time we’ve ever been supported at this event. In October, Fiona Campbell will be running the Amsterdam Marathon for us in October. You can help Fiona on her way by donating via her Justgiving page.

And of course, last Sunday the Body & Soul team wound their way through London for the British 10k London Run! We had several first-time runners giving it their all on the weekend and with the sweltering heat making the run especially touch, we hope you’ll join us in giving them a big hand!

You can still donate to the runners via Body & Soul’s Justgiving page. Each penny raised will go towards the essential support Body & Soul provides to some of the most vulnerable children, young people and families living in the UK today. If you’re undecided, take a look at Ethan’s account below of how two members of Body & Soul achieved their running goals and maybe you’ll feel inspired to donate.

On Sunday the 14th July I ran the British 10k with 20 other supporters and staff of Body & Soul. We were a mixed bag of individuals with different goals, abilities and aspirations. Some of the group were there to fly. Others wanted a fun run. A few simply wanted to prove they could do it. There are two members of this group I am particularly proud of:

The first is Jenny. She and I ran the entire route together. She decided quite late that she would run the 10k and conducted all her training on her own. It was the first time she had done a race and she finished strong and did her best. We laughed along the way, came close to crying a couple of times and made the most of the experience. Finishing for Jenny was a huge goal and I am hoping that she keeps up the good work.

Then there is Natalie. She and I have been training for the last 3 months to get her ready for this. She did not believe she could run prior to meeting me and I am pretty sure for the first month she was still sceptical.

Slowly she warmed to the idea that she could run. The morning of the big day though I was afraid Natalie might not run. We waited for close to an hour for her and kept calling and texting. We couldn’t get a hold of her and she didn’t show up to our meeting spot. I was supposed to run with her, so not seeing her at the start was a huge disappointment. I thought she had decided not to run and hadn’t told me.

BUT! I finished the race and collected my bag and then I saw it: her bag among everyone else’s. That’s when I knew she was there.

When we finally met up I was so proud. Here was a young woman who had never run a race before. She made her own way to the start and completed the race on her own. When we collected her bag and she got her medal the look on her face was incredible. She couldn’t believe she was given a medal!

A 10k run is a big accomplishment for these two women. But there’s so much more to their accomplishments. Through Body & Soul and their own ambition and drive they set themselves a seemingly insurmountable target and smashed it. Congratulations to them and everyone else who took part.

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