After completing the One Bolton 5k in 2012 and the Great Manchester Cycle Marathon in 2013, it was time for me to test myself with another race challenge. I have always said I would like to complete a 5k, 10k, half marathon and then potentially one day, a marathon.
Simone and I were very close to entering the Great Manchester 10k run earlier this year but the cost of the event put me off, especially when I found out none of the cost goes towards helping any charities. We recently heard about the City of Salford 10k from two friends who had signed up to it (ROTTY).
Around 3 weeks before the event we decided to sign up, start training and take it on.
We set up a JustGiving page (https://www.justgiving.com/salford-10k) and decided to run the 10k for MIND Manchester. We started to try and get sponsors between the four of us and it was all about GAZONE vs ROTTY!
I hate running, so training wasn’t an enjoyable process but as I got a few 5k’s under my belt and my fitness improved I started to realise that completing the 10k was without doubt something which I could achieve.
Our aim was to complete the 10k in under an hour. We felt this was a reasonable time and this would be a big achievement for all of us so this become the target!
On the 7th September we completed the City of Salford 10k. My time for the 10k was 55:59, and we all completed it in under an hour which we were all really proud of!
Our target was to raise £400 for MIND Manchester and on the day of the race we were at around £260. A week after the race we smashed our target which currently stands at £432.93.
A huge thank you goes to the 34 people who have sponsored us and therefore donated to MIND Manchester. The work they do helps give people with mental health problems the help and support they need.
If you would like to sponsor us you can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/salford-10k