As part of our National Charity Partnership with the British Red Cross we have a team of enthusiastic colleagues gearing up to run the 2016 Virgin London Marathon in support of our joint campaign to tackle loneliness the UK. In the run up to race day (24th April) we will introduce the team through a series of blogs so they can share their motivations and strategies for taking on this terrific challenge.
Leigh Newman Co-operative Way Colleague, Hunmanby Store, Filey – North Yorkshire
Training Strategy: I’ve been running for the last 8 years and have completed 9 marathons previously , I’ve had a knee operation earlier this year so I’m gradually getting my fitness back . I’m currently running 25 miles a week usually 6-8 miles a run.
Motivation: The thing that made me sign up this year was a lady who shops in our Hunmanby store. She’s shopped with us for years but in the last few weeks she’s been sectioned as a result of her deteriorating health and for her own safety. This really brought the work BRC are doing with us to tackle loneliness in our communities.
Goal: I’d love to be able to complete London in around 3:30, but I’ll have to see how my knee recovers.
Personal Motto: “You only get out of life what you put in” – that goes both in and out of work and in my community around me.
To support Leigh and the campaign to tackle loneliness you can donate to his JustGiving Page at: https://www.justgiving.com/Leigh-Newman1/?utm_id=25
Wayne Bateman, Customer Team Member at Northgate store, Louth – Lincolnshire
Training Strategy: I have started training with a couple of santa runs and then I am going to work on a training route around my town.
Fundraising Strategy: My fundraising strategy involves things like fancy dress bucket collections, getting sponsored. Doing a sponsored walk amongst other activities.
Motivation: The Co-op campaign is brilliant and I am glad it is to help loneliness. The London Marathon is one of the runs I have always wanted to do.
Goal: My target time is under 8 hours.
Personal Motto: “Why be normal when I can be me”
To support Wayne and the campaign to tackle loneliness you can donate to his JustGiving Page at: https://www.justgiving.com/Wayne-Bateman2/
Could you take on a challenge as part of our Charity partnership with the British Red Cross?
Visit http://www.co-operative.coop/our-ethics/charity-partnership/challenges-and-events/ or email CharityPartnership@co-operative.coop to find out about challenge events in your area.
If running isn’t your cup of tea then take a look at our alternative fundraising ideas for January
Look out for upcoming blogs featuring Team Co-op runners: Adam Williamson, Keith Rodaway, Chris Cooper, Pete thunder, Elliot Upton, Kristian Blount and Victoria James.