Crossing the finishing line for Revitalise
On Sunday 23 October, more than 20,000 runners, ranging from the elite to beginners donned their trainers and pounded the streets of Portsmouth for The Great South Run, many who were raising money for charitable causes close to their hearts.
Three Simplyhealth employees, Josie, Nicola and Pam took part in the ten mile event, raising money for one of our partner charities Revitalise, which provides respite holidays for people with disabilities and their carers. We caught up with the tremendous trio to find out how they got on and why they decided to run for Revitalise:
"What a fantastic day, the weather was perfect, the sun was shining, and all the runners were full of excitement and anticipation. The music was certainly building the adrenalin. I have been running for a year now and have completed three half marathons and numerous 10ks. However, this was the busiest and highest profile event I have taken part in and it was my first run for charity which certainly added to the pressure to cross that finish line! Having heard Revitalise's Chairman, Mindy, talk so passionately at an internal event previously, it made supporting this charity an obvious choice. We recently held a raffle at our Winchester office, raising £250 for Revitalise... one of our employees made an amazing cake to help with the fundraising... it looked too good to eat!"
As for Nicola:
"As we run a similar pace and this being the furthest she has run before, Josie and I decided to stick together, running the first seven miles and then walking the rest if we needed to. It's a fantastic city to run through, passing famous landmarks such as the Historic Dockyard and The Spinnaker Tower. At mile eight, we felt okay and thought `we can do this.' With `Don't Stop Me Now' by Queen playing in the background, we danced our way to the end and we were elated to make it to the finish line! Events like these create a collective sense of purpose, a sea of bobbing heads all running for their own personal reasons. Revitalise were really supportive running up to the race and it was great to fundraise for such a fantastic cause."
And finally Josie's account:
"I've done a few running events before, but nothing over 10K. I was in it to raise money for Revitalise and to cross that finish line. I had nothing to lose. What I
enjoyed the most was the atmosphere and positivity from the crowd, supporters, musicians and the other runners. So many runners were congratulating each other throughout the run, encouraging one another to keep going - that was a really special moment for me.
For anyone thinking about taking part next year, I would say enjoy every second of it. Soak in the scenery and positivity from everyone around you. With each mile comes a new challenge and element to run. Whether its water or jelly babies being handed out, or music to give you a much needed burst of energy, it puts a big smile on your face. All in all it was a fantastic day and a very well organised event. I would do it again in a heartbeat."
Simplyhealth has supported Revitalise for a number of years, with a number of donations and fundraising and volunteering opportunities. Watch our video to find out more.
For further information about Revitalise, visit www.revitalise.org.uk/