British 10K London Fundraising for Scoliosis Race Recap

British 10K London: Fundraising for Scoliosis

So, yesterday I achieved one of my objectives for the year and ran the British 10K for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund. How was it? Much tougher than I expected!

Those of you who follow my blog may know that I have done several 10K races this year and ALOT of training to prepare for this event. I have been training since January, as back then I could barely run 5K!

But I was determined to build my distance and take part in this event to help raise money for a charity so close to my heart.


British 10K London: Race recap

I travelled down to London with my boyfriend on Saturday, a day before the race, as I’m based up north and the race started early Sunday morning. When we arrived in London the first thing I noticed was how hot it was compared to up north (!) and I was really hoping it would cool down for the race as I’m not great with running in the heat.

I did my very best to prepare for the race on the Saturday, I refrained from alcohol, drank lots of water and ate a lot of pasta! The refraining from alcohol bit was tough because everyone around me was drinking, as it was such a gorgeous sunny day!

We did some chilling on the Southbank, went for a meal and then had an early night (boring but I really wanted to do well!)


The day of the race

British 10K
British 10K

Even though we were staying in central London, we had to get up pretty early and get the tube across to the start (9.30am).

When we arrived at the bag drop area it was crazy busy (there were over 10,000 participants!) and I started to get nervous. I didn’t sleep well the night before as I was worrying about the race. This was my second race of this scale (I did the Great Manchester Run in May) so I’m still getting used to running these type of events.

We arrived in plenty of time though, so I had time to queue for the toilet and then head over to my start pen (E). I have to say at this point, that considering the scale of this event, I thought it was EXTREMELY well organised. I have taken part in smaller running events which have been utter chaos and so I was very impressed! There were plenty of signs telling us where to go which took a bit of my anxiety away.

To get to our start pens we had to walk down Pall Mall, which, lined with Union Jack flags set us up for the race nicely!

British 10K - walk to the start
British 10K – walk to the start

It was about a 10 minute walk to get to my start pen, which was a good warm up and a chance to take some pics. At this point it was already getting HOT, so I was starting to get concerned about running in it (I’m a northerner so I’m not used to the sun…!)

British 10K - Pall Mall
British 10K – Pall Mall

Once I reached my start pen, they did some warm ups and eventually we made our way to the start. Everyone was put in groups (A-H) depending on their speed, so the fast groups went first and we all gradually filtered round. I was in group E which was pretty much in the middle.

British 10K - at the start
British 10K – at the start

During the race

I have to say I really struggled with this race. I have done several 10K’s this year and I found this one the hardest by far. It was mainly to do with the heat, for me it was just too hot to comfortably run in. It was around 26/27 degrees and very humid and there were no clouds at all so the sun was burning down on us.

I have done a few training runs in hot weather but as we don’t get many really hot days up north I’m used to running in much cooler temperatures. As it was so hot, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to. I felt like I couldn’t really take in the amazing sights because I was struggling so much to keep myself going!

There were soooo many times where I was tempted to stop but I didn’t. I just keep thinking of the scoliosis charity and all those amazing people who had sponsored me and I didn’t want to let them, or myself down.

So I didn’t stop once, I kept going and all the way round I was just thinking – when will this end?! It was pure torture!! Most of the runners running near me were visibly struggling and there were so many who had to stop and walk.

Despite this though, the route itself was a great route, past all the main sights and there were lots of cheering crowds to keep us going! The highlight was probably running over Westminster bridge, as not only were the views awesome, I knew we were near the end!!

I definitely ran slower than I could have done in parts due to the heat. When I approached the finish line I had literally no energy to sprint like I usually do and just kept at my steady pace.


After the race

I collapsed in a heap!

Not quite… I found a place to sit down and catch my breath and wipe myself down (yuk!) After I recovered, I checked my Strava and it appeared my average pace was similar to that of the Manchester run, so despite the heat I wasn’t going as slowly as I thought!

British 10K at the end
British 10K – with my medal

In the end, I managed to complete it in exactly 1 hour, which is slightly slower than my previous 10K races (PB is 57.27) but not bad considering how I felt.

I was a bit disappointed as I was hoping to get a new PB given all the training I’ve done but I guess the elements were against me.

At the end of the day, I know I can do 10K faster but it’s not about speed. I’m just proud that I finished it, I didn’t stop and that I raised money for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund, which is what I set out to do. When it comes to it, this is all that matters.

I even managed to meet up briefly with some of the other scoliosis runners who are all amazing and inspirational! It was great to meet others with scoliosis as I had actually never met anyone else in “real life” with scoliosis before.

British 10K - Team Scoliosis Campaign Fund
British 10K – Team Scoliosis Campaign Fund

Overall, I had a great day even though the run was tough. Plus, the medal and finishers pack is awesome (yes, that is a tin of baked beans..!)

British 10K - Finishers Pack
British 10K – Finishers Pack

Thank you to everyone who has sponsored me so far, it means so much to me!

My sponsor page will be accepting donations until November, as my next challenge for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund will be trekking the Great Wall of China in October (post coming soon).

If you have scoliosis or know someone with scoliosis please consider sponsoring me to help the Scoliosis Campaign Fund.

The Scoliosis Campaign Fund raises money to support people with scoliosis and their families, and fund research into finding the causes of scoliosis and treatments to improve quality of life for patients. They are only a small charity so every penny really does mean everything.
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Thanks for reading 🙂

Louise X

British London 10K Run - Westminster

British 10k London Run

I’m so excited!

This week it was confirmed that I have a place in the British 10K London run on 9th July and I’ll be running to raise money for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund.

The British 10K London run takes runners through some of  London’s most iconic sites, such as Trafalgar Square, the Embankment, Big Ben and more.

The Scoliosis Campaign Fund raises money to support people with scoliosis and their families, and fund research into finding the causes of scoliosis and treatments to improve quality of life for patients. There is more information on the great work the Scoliosis Campaign Fund do in this useful information sheet.

Raising money for scoliosis…

I’ve been wanting to do something to raise awareness of scoliosis and raise money for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund for absolutely ages, I just wasn’t sure what to do. When I saw an article in BackBone magazine about the British 10K London run last year, it inspired me to get involved and I knew that 2017 had to be the year.

It would be my ultimate dream to run the London Marathon for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund, but I am nowhere near ready in terms of fitness and honestly, I don’t think my back could take it.

At the moment, I can just about run 5K and will need to train over the coming weeks in order to work myself up to 10K, so I’m ready for the event.

Scoliosis Campaign Fund T Shirt
Scoliosis Campaign Fund T Shirt

10K Training

As part of my training, I plan to follow a 10K training plan online, whilst also attending any Park Run I can and doing my usual spin classes and Body Pump classes at the gym. Over the past few weeks, I have been running (or jogging!) about 20-30minutes several times a week, as I am also doing the Great Manchester Run in May.

I do find running difficult at times with my back but I am determined to do this in order to raise money and awareness of scoliosis, especially as I never thought I’d ever be able to do anything like this following my scoliosis surgery.

A personal achievement

After my scoliosis surgery, I had to learn to walk all over again. I couldn’t bathe or dress myself and had to have help just getting out of bed. Running a 10K race for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund shows how far I’ve come and I will continue to keep pushing and challenging myself further to achieve my goals.

The British 10k London Run is a major fundraising event for the Scoliosis Campaign Fun and I’m really excited to be involved! I plan on posting regular updates on here with my progress and how I’m getting on with my training.

If you’d like to sponsor me and help to support the fantastic work of the Scoliosis Campaign Fund, you can do so by clicking the button below 🙂

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Thank you!

Louise X

P.s. if you’d also like to get involved in raising money for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund, there are loads of great fundraising ideas, resources and events you could get involved with available here – Scoliosis Campaign Fund – Fundraising Ideas.

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British 10k London Run - Support the Scoliosis Campaign Fund

Pretty Muddy

Pretty Muddy!

I love a good challenge and continue to push myself following my scoliosis surgery. So, earlier this year, despite injuring my shoulder running last August, I decided to sign up to Pretty Muddy – a 5K muddy obstacle course – to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

I was a bit nervous and worried that I wouldn’t be flexible enough to do all of the obstacles, especially as I knew that some involved crawling under nets through the mud. However, I was determined to give it a good go and religiously followed the training plan on the Race for Life website for 12 weeks before the event.

It was a few weeks ago now, but I successfully completed the race AND, best of all, I managed to do ALL of the obstacles.

Yes, it was a fun run and most people weren’t taking it seriously (there were women of all abilities and fitness levels taking part) but I was extremely proud of myself, as I never thought I’d be able to do ANYTHING like this post scoliosis surgery.

These type of events have previously filled me with fear and I certainly wouldn’t have been able to do it just a few years ago!

Thankfully, I have noticed in the last couple of years that my flexibility has improved immensely, whether this is down to all the gym work I do or whether it’s because my surgery was 6 years ago now I’m not sure but I think it’s this improvement in flexibility that enabled me to complete this obstacle course.

It continues to amaze me what I can do with my fused spine and it just goes to show my scoliosis shouldn’t stop me from trying new things and pushing my limits. Not only did I raise hundreds of pounds for Cancer Research, I also achieved a new personal goal.

I’m not going to lie, my lower back was sore for a day or two afterwards, which was likely because of all the bending and stretching to get over and under obstacles, but luckily this was temporary and overall it was great fun!

I definitely would do it (or another mud run type event) again 🙂

Louise X

  • Pretty Muddy!
Race for Life Medal

Race for Life!

This weekend I did something I thought would never be possible following my scoliosis surgery. I ran 10K (!) through Delamere Forest for Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research UK. 

I’m not going to lie, the training was hard for me. Especially as I only signed up 5 weeks before the event and so had limited time to train (plus I had never really ‘done’ running before!).

I always thought running and scoliosis didn’t really go together and have always found running difficult. But in 5 weeks I managed to build myself up to complete the race in 1 hr 17 minutes, which I’m so proud of. Now I feel fitter and stronger than ever and hope to improve my running and fitness in time and build up to a quicker time.

After surgery I had to learn how to walk again, so after all I’ve been through with my back I’m really not bothered about being the fastest. I’m just grateful that I can be IN a race at all.

It just goes to show that even after scoliosis surgery I can do anything I put my mind to and I’m so proud of myself.

Now I’m more determined than ever, if you tell me I can’t, I’ll prove to you I CAN 😉

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Louise xx

Shine Night Walk

#ShineWalk for Cancer Research

On Saturday 27th September, I walked a full marathon (over night) along with 17,000 others to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Overall it was 26.2 miles and I walked for 10 hours straight from 9pm – 7am!

It was the first time I’d ever done the Shine Walk and it was tough. To be honest I didn’t realise how hard it would be, I had been following a training plan and doing lots of long walks for the past 6 weeks and I consider myself relatively fit and active. However, I think as it was at night when my body is used to being asleep, which made it feel much harder and it was a bit of a shock to the system!

Walking for 10 hours straight takes it’s toll on your body and after a while the pain started to set in, my legs felt heavy and painful and my feet started to burn with pain.

Shine Walk Foot Rash
Shine Walk – Foot Rash 🙁

I also nearly collapsed after the event whilst waiting for a taxi due to sheer exhaustion and low blood sugar. The funny thing was though, through it all, my back didn’t hurt once!

The cheering, clapping volunteers and passers-by kept us going throughout and without them I’m not sure I could have carried on, not to mention the copious amounts of chocolate, snacks and refreshments en-route!

Shine Walk

The pain we went through that night though is nothing compared to those battling cancer and this is what I had to remember as I continued on through the pain, as well as over the next couple of days when I could barely walk!

The whole event raised 5 million pounds for Cancer Research and I’m so proud that I was part of it and proud of myself that I managed to walk for that distance, considering 4 years ago I could barely walk following my scoliosis surgery.

It shows how far I have come, and what is possible.



I hope to work myself up to actually running a marathon one day to support the Scoliosis Association and of course I’ll always continue to support Cancer Research UK and all their amazing work.

If you fancy sponsoring me for the Shine Walk event you can still do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/LouiseLaurie/ 🙂

Bye for now!

Louise x