On the Run - Colleagues Take on the London Marathon

Meet Team Co-op! Victoria James
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 in the UK.

With less than 2 weeks to go before we let Team Co-op loose on the London Marathon we’re pleased to introduce our final blogger:

Victoria James, Trainee Solicitor, Co-op Legal Services, Bristol.

Vicki James Running the London Marathon 2016 for TeamCoopWhat is your training strategy?
I’m following the first time finisher plan provided on the VLM website. I combine this with cross training twice a week.

What is your fundraising strategy?
It’s going to be really tough; but I hope that my persistence will help as well as keeping everyone up-to-date with the training I’m putting in.

What are your thoughts on Co-op’s campaign to tackle loneliness with the BRC?
It’s a great campaign and so relevant across society. Holidays are the most pertinent time we are aware of loneliness. We are all probably mindful of elderly neighbours who might be alone and anything to reach out to them means so much for such a small action. Loneliness can effect anyone potentially; including divorcees or those suffering a bereavement, even young people who aren’t lucky enough to have family and friends nearby. Loneliness is not something we like to talk about and I wholeheartedly support any campaign to bring attention to the high levels of loneliness in our community and its consequences.

What made you decide to run the VLM and what’s your goal?
A well timed e-mail from the Comms Team put the idea in my head – I always like to have some challenges in the diary. My goal is to simply finish!

What would your personal motto be?
“Tilt at the windmill, if you fail you fail”

To support Vicki and the campaign to tackle loneliness you can donate to her JustGiving Page at: https://www.justgiving.com/Victoria-James4/

The London Marathon is just around the corner for #TeamCoop. Would you be interested in joining them on the day to cheer them on at our Marathon cheer points? We can promise banners, bam-bams and an incredible atmosphere as Team Co-op join 38,000 runners on the iconic route.  Email co-operative@redcross.org.uk for more details.

Could you take on a challenge as part of our Charity partnership with the British Red Cross?

The Co-operative Snowdon Trek – 25th June
We are offering members and colleagues the opportunity to trek to the summit of Mount Snowdon and raise vital funds to tackle loneliness in communities across the UK.
Sign up & find out more here:

Bristol Red Show Walk – 15th May
Join Co-op Legal Services for a fun, family friendly walk spanning two countries and one BIG bridge. Rock up in red shoes and walk the 6 mile round journey from England to Wales over the iconic Severn Bridge. This promises to be a unique challenge and a great day out with stunning views.
Sign up & find out more here: http://www.redcross.org.uk/rswbristol


You can take a look at our alternative fundraising ideas for April here.

Read previous Team Co-op blogs here:

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