It’s already been a rollercoaster of excitement and nerves and it’s only March!! Since agreeing to this challenge, I have felt overwhelmed at what sometimes seems to be my metaphorical Everest. However, the preparation and support from my colleagues in Chichester Wellbeing and Graham Jessop in particular, has given me some confidence. I’ve always been one to start things and then just let them disappear by the wayside. With this, I have no choice, the half-marathon is going to happen and I’m going to be in it.
The first morning was inevitably the hardest; however I had planned my route and my stops. The stops knocked my confidence and that really bothered me. But I just carried on, in some sort of blind ignorance. It’s pertinent that my route is across Tangmere Airfield, one of the most important airbases in the battle of Britain. The early sun and mist is a striking backdrop, it’s reminiscent of courage, bravery and a never say die attitude.
Gradually the stops became two and then I challenged myself to no stops at all! When I achieved this, belief started to bubble up inside me. I then challenged myself to two laps, which is 5K and added a playlist to my armoury. The 5k was gruelling, but the sense of achievement was incredible. I strongly advise to get out in the morning, around 6.15am, there’s usually only dog walkers around and the solitude and adrenaline afterwards sets you up for the rest of the day.
Believe me, if you’re reading this and you think you can’t do this, you can. I used to think like you.
Sarah Collinson works for Children on the Edge as a Fundraising Officer and is a complete beginner to running. She wants to train to have a challenge to work towards and to get fit. She also wants to use the experience to raise money for Children on the Edge. She describes how "Just working here everyday and reading, researching and writing about our projects, talking to our project partners and seeing photos and videos... I just find it inspiring and it makes me want to do my bit".
Elaine Thomas is Health Development Manager at Chichester District Council, who partner with Children on the Edge to organise The Chichester Half Marathon. Having never run further than a 10K, Elaine is challenging herself to run the a half marathon before she's 50, and the Chi half is her chosen route. She says "I want to be good, I want to start the race confidently and finish feeling good. I want to cross the line with a smile on my face and show that women of my age can do this!"
Matt Gover works for Chichester District Council who are partnering with Children on the Edge in organising the race. He is getting married in the summer of 2016 and is using his half marathon training as a way to get in shape.
Matt says “I”ve always joined gyms, gone two or three times then stopped so this has forced me to do something pretty big. I’m a complete beginner, this is absolutely ‘rabbitintheheadlights.com’”.
Chi Half Beginners Blog
This year the Chichester Half team are following the progress of three beginners, all with their own reasons for giving the Trundle their best shot.