The Great South Run – training starts!
Joining Team Claire, to Support Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation
I should start by saying I am not a runner. I am active, but in the 57-year-old, sitting at a desk most of the day, occasional game of tennis, infrequent bike ride, kind of way.
This year I wanted to challenge myself and what better way than to commit to doing the Great South Run. This is a 10-mile run in October and I will be supporting the great charity, Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (NSIF). Being able to join Team Claire, with the rather fabulous NSIF patron Claire Lomas, MBE sealed the deal.
I have started using the BBCs Couch to 5k app and I will be posting a weekly update. I hope other ‘non-runners’ might find the posts inspiring and consider doing the same (more Team Claire members welcome!), and hopefully help raise awareness and generate some sponsorship donations. If I am honest, at this stage the posts are also a good way of making sure I keep going, the more people I tell, the harder it will be to quit!
I am very fortunate to be able to leave my house, do my brisk 5-minute warm-up walk down the road, and be on the gorgeous South Downs.
My first run was not easy; I felt self-conscious, awkward, and out of breath. One week later and I can feel small improvements in my running, and I no longer feel embarrassed running passed the dog walkers, I can even manage a quick, breathy ‘good morning’.
You can read more about the wonderful work NSIF do here.
Sally Britton started Snap Care in 2001 and continues to manage the business on a day to day basis.
My interest in the area of disability started from a very personal viewpoint; my step-daughter Camilla has cerebral palsy. She was our motivation to start Snap Care and continues to be my personal benchmark for the quality of candidates we work with. As MD of Snap Care, I see the vital role support workers play in our clients’ lives, providing more than just the basic care needs to maximise each child or client’s opportunities.