Hi I’m Callie,
I have been enjoying running now for over 3 years. I never thought I would be a runner, and if 4 years ago you would say to me you can run 10k I would have laughed. As a busy mum of 3 beautiful girls and one crazy spaniel I find myself craving to go for a run as a way to not hear my name for at least 30 minutes or more……….I’m sure many of you can relate. So that's how II fell in love with running. A great way to distress, lose yourself and clear your mind and the sense of achievement when you get home after running your longest distance, or making a slightly faster time than before or being joined at the end of the road by one your babies wearing a fairy dress and sandals (this has happened I promise) makes it even more enjoyable.
So why organise an event? I have wanted to do something like this for a long time. Chicks is a charity that helps disadvantaged children from across the UK and takes them on week long respite breaks to encourage them to try new things and form positive memories for those who haven't had the best start. Sadly 3 years ago our family lost a wonderful man, my father in law Dan, who didn't have the best start in his early life. One of his favourite places was Sand Point so that is one of the reasons for running the route that we are and why I want to raise money for this particular charity.
Hi, I'm Jemma.
I'm no natural runner! I was one of those who really looked forward to cross country at school because it meant having a good old chat with the girls in between watching out to start running when the teachers were looking!! Needless to say, it was a huge deal for me when I signed up to do the London 10K in 2012 for Tiny Tickers, with a very close friend whose much more athletic and competitive than I!! I'd barely run for a bus successfully before beginning training and started by gradually building up the time and distance I could run before stopping/being picked up from off the floor!! My aim to complete the 10K in under an hour was a huge personal achievement and gave me the incentive to keep it up, entering some Race for Life races and doing it for pleasure since (in between having another baby!).
My motivation to fundraise for Tiny Tickers and get involved in organising this event stems from losing my first born baby son in 2010 from an undiagnosed cardiac abnormality when he was 8 weeks old. I'm inspired by being able to raise money to help fund equipment and training of medical staff to detect heart problems in unborn babies and give affected babies and families 'better starts for tiny hearts'.
Grab your running shoes and come join us!