When I signed up for The Great Manchester Run back in January, I could never have predicted the horrific events that would happen in Manchester in the days leading up to it.
I first signed up as a personal challenge for myself and as training for the London Run in July, which I’m doing to raise money for the Scoliosis Association UK.
A few months ago, I couldn’t even run 10K. I have been training hard since January, attending Park Run most Saturdays and running several times a week in the rain, wind, cold and sun to try and get my fitness levels (and back) up to running the 10K distance.
As with most of the UK (and the rest of the world), this week I have felt shocked, confused, upset and numb after the events in Manchester on Monday. Living in Cheshire, Manchester is not far from me, I go there all the time and was in the Manchester Arena myself only a few weeks ago. Like many others, I still can’t get my head around what has happened and why it happened.
I do not find running easy and I have only just about managed to run 10K once in the past couple of weeks.
I will struggle, there’s no doubt about it! But I’m glad the run is still going ahead and the tragic events have made me even more determined to run then ever before. I think the atmosphere will be emotional and incredible and I’m proud to be part of it and show my support to the city.