Our fundraisers' running successes

Thinking of running to raise money to help horses? We asked Michele Perkins to share her experiences of running the Royal Parks Half Marathon for World Horse Welfare.

 

Michele ran the Royal Parks half marathon for World Horse Welfare

I had a difficult time training for this run as I have been looking after elderly relatives most weekends for the past few months.My only free time to run was on Saturday mornings. In August I started to do some serious distance. The process was kick -started by entering the British 10K a 6 mile run though the boiling hot streets of London in July.All I had to do was double the distance. Saturday morning runs along the river were a pleasure.

"I can recommend this to anyone as a great way to fundraise with the added benefit of keeping fit"

The trip from my home in Hammersmith along the river to beyond Kew garden and back involved a wonderful spectacle of wildlife- if you don't include the many runners, cyclists and rowers, there were herons, parakeets, geese, ducks and herring gulls on fishing expeditions. I managed to increases the distance up to 11 miles over a few weeks and in the last month before the race I did six runs that were up to 12 miles each. Its not that easy- and I'm not young - and my joints and back hurt a lot after about 5 miles. But the thought of a large coffee and a rest back at the shops in Hammersmith before going home fur a hot bath kept me going.The night before the race I was nervous. I didn't sleep well waking up every hour. I sent friends, who had promised to cheer me on, a picture of what I would look like on the run ( two large navy bows in my hair in the WHW colours!) so they could distinguish me from the other thousands of runners. Helpfully the running app allowed them to track me( so there was pressure was to complete the course !)It was great to have the support but my friends only starting appearing after 8 miles - by which time I was feeling tired, but their support encouraged me to push on and by mile 10 all I could think about was getting to the end and receiving the all -important medal!

"I really enjoyed this and feel that the fundraising was such a worthwhile exercise"

Immediately before the race I met up with another WHW runner Matt which was great- I gather we all finished!

I really enjoyed this and feel that the fundraising was such a worthwhile exercise and I can recommend this to anyone as a great way to fundraise with the added benefit of keeping fit! Fran was brilliant at keeping the WHW running team informed before the event and I am also very pleased to have been given a special WHW medal and certificate of the funds raised total. Many thanks to WHW!

I am always inspired by the story of Ada Cole who set up the charity that is now WHW exactly 90 years ago- its a story of courage and determination.

 

More inspiring fundraising stories from our supporters: