In spring 2016 I started running to raise funds for Cancer Research, to give something back to those who extend my mum’s life and run my first 10k.
One year on and we are celebrating another year together by participating in a 5k charity walk. I’m also doing some 10k runs and hopefully my first half marathon later this year, but this one is something we want to do together.
Last year I was aiming to raise money, but unexpectedly running has become part of my life, something that keeps me going and that I really enjoy. There have been countless early mornings and evenings over the last year when I have been grateful to be able to put on my trainers and head outside.
Being a carer can be a full time job and I really appreciate that I have colleagues, friends and family who support, encourage and inspire me. Many of you have similar experiences and responsibilities, so all those cups of tea (and the occasional whisky), conversations and motivation are doubly welcome. Thank you.
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I’ve started writing a new series of blog posts about my experiences as a CEO. I’ve now drafted more than half of them and the process has made me reflect on the importance of my personal life. I don’t write much about my family in this blog and (I feel) for good reason. But next Sunday we are celebrating a milestone and it feels right to share it.
I’m taking part in a 10k #RaceforLife on behalf of my family to mark my mother’s recovery and for us to give something back to those who saved her life. Being the primary carer for someone with cancer has been a challenge for me and as our lives started to become more normal again training for this race, my first ever such venture, has been an empowering experience that has helped us all to move forward.
Over the past two years I had crucial support from everyone who works with me, especially the Trustees of ALT and my colleagues in the staff team. To them I want to say thank you.
Also a big thank you to everyone who has helped us raise funds for Cancer Research as part of the #RaceforLife via my JustGiving page.