Well done to this year's beginner running group, who completed the 5K course and are all now off and running on their own.
27 of us are completing a huge challenge this year, in support of Martin House Children's hospice in Boston Spa. Each person is either walking or running 1000 miles (on top of their usual daily mileage - so work steps etc don't count) during the year. This means walking or running 3 miles per day, every single day and this is on top of usual daily steps taken.
It's a challenge for us all, both time wise, weather wise and often organisationally.
Update 1st October 18,882 miles have been done by the group.
Please do support us
A group of thirteen of us spent three nights in the beauty of Kielder forest, in order to complete what is a gorgeous walking challenge for 2019 - to walk the circumference of Kielder Water (26.5 miles of beauty and blisters). During the weekend, alongside the challenge walk, I provided a juicing workshop on nutrition and we took part in another walk through Kielder Forest on the Sunday to stretch off our legs. Relaxation time was also enjoyed by all in the hot tubs provided in our lodges - fab group of people and fantastic challenge for all.
Huge congratulations to Sarah, who has run the Great Glen Way (79 miles) in 4 days. Amazing resilience and determination after some really committed training. Brilliant personal achievement.
A new Wholehearted walking group began in January and grows steadily. The group takes part in one organised walk per calendar month (on a Sunday). There are bonus walks throughout the year too and each group member gets a file to keep with details of each club walk in, for their own future reference. All of the walks are based in Yorkshire, within easy driving distance of the York & Selby area. Group members are offered the opportunity of walking breaks and events, should they wish to take part in them.
Yorkshire 3 Peaks team - you raised £2552.60 in sponsorship, which we handed over to Wendy in class this morning, shown here with two members of the 32 strong challenge team, Shan and Judith. The money will be spent on Wendy's 15 year old daughter, Natasha, who has a rare genetic condition called Angelman Syndrome. Natasha has learning difficulties, no speech and mobility, balance & co-ordination problems. Life can be a struggle and very frustrating for her. Wendy plans to buy a range of new equipment for Natasha with the sponsor money, as suggested by a specialist occupational therapist, including an iPad with communication software which with a lot of time and effort can give Natasha a voice and allow her to participate in life more fully.
We'll keep you up to date with the new equipment so hopefully you can see it in use. In the mean time, thank you so much to all that trained hard to complete the Yorkshire 3 Peak Challenge for Natasha - your blisters, aching legs and sunburn will make a huge difference to a lovely young lady with a very challenging life.
Fantastic work 'Wholehearted Y3P team' - you're all very amazing.
They've done it! From non runners to 5K runners in 12 weeks - completing a beautiful 5K this morning in nippy conditions and you all made it look easy.
Hard work, homework, determination, consistency, muscular adaptation and running spirit.
Thanks to Jen and Judith for helping with the finish line and Neil for the photography.
Very proud of you all and I know that your running journey starts here - let's see where it takes you. Brilliant work - huge congratulations to everyone...