6th April 2017

The Rough Runner countdown is underway – 36 days to go!

Here we are with just over five weeks (36 days to be precise) to go until the big day – Rough Runner 2017! It is slowly starting to dawn on us all that we need to step up the training if we’re not to fall flat on our faces ‘Ab Fab’ style on the infamous Travelator on 13th May.

With that in mind, we have started a team exercise tracker in the office to try and motivate us with our training efforts. This is strategically placed on the office wall so we can all share our training attempts and hopefully motivate each other to commit to weekly training plans. Emma has been inspired to hit the gym after work as well as going on bike rides now that it’s light in the evenings. Siobhan and Jonathan have been embarking on a local weekly HIIT class (pretty impressive when you think that prior to these classes, Jonathan genuinely thought that ‘HIIT’ was a type of classic continental sandwich biscuit!).  Sian has been taking part in a weekly Bootcamp and doing some running, whilst Alice has been building up her miles on numerous weekly 5k runs in addition to her regular at-home HIIT sessions. I have been doing my weekly spinning classes, building up the distance in my swimming sessions and have enjoyed (amazingly) the odd 5k park run in Banbury on a Saturday morning.

The team’s chosen charity for our fundraising this year is the Oxford Children’s Hospital (OUH). To mark the 10th Anniversary of the hospital, the OUH is launching a new £2million appeal to make the hospital and children’s services across the NHS Trust even better for young patients and their families. Having spent some time recently at the Children’s Hospital in Oxford with my youngest son (thankfully as an outpatient with a minor injury) it made me realise how lucky we were to only be visiting as a minor injuries case.  It certainly made me think of all those young patients and their families who have to spend lengthy periods of time there; the hospital really does provide these people with an incredible service.

If you would like to donate to this cause, we would really appreciate your contributions – and so will the Oxford Children’s Hospital. This will keep us focussed on our training and will make all those training aches and pains, and those early morning training sessions worthwhile.

You can donate securely by visiting our JustGiving page, or ask a member of the team for a sponsorship form next time you visit us.