Why I run for The Children's Society
'I enjoy the odd 10k run'
Whenever I encounter an ‘interests and activities’ section on CVs, internet dating profiles, that sort of thing, I write ‘I enjoy the odd 10K run’. It gives the impression that I’m active but not a sports nut. The very fact that I write it at all amuses me.
I am your classic ‘last to be picked in gym class’ type. For many years the most you could get me doing was a step aerobics class, and even that had to be followed by a pint.
But a fiend – sorry I mean ‘friend’ – a few years back convinced me to try running. Somehow (by great feats of persuasion) I ended up running the Bupa 10K for The Children’s Society.
Befuddled by endorphins and adrenaline, I found myself becoming addicted. I purchased new shoes, got excited about tops with pockets for my MP3 player and downloaded running apps. (I hardly recognised myself.)
'I even ventured futher afield'
The following year I ran the Bupa London 10k again, attempted the Miles for Missing People, another 10k, and even ventured further afield for the Amsterdam 7.5k (a much more civilised distance). I looked upon all this with a bit of an out-of-body experience – like some sporty person had taken over my body.
This lasted quite some time, a couple of years maybe. Then I got lazy – I haven’t run in several months. The novelty wore off, the trainers suddenly seemed very expensive and I seem to remember a very long, very cold winter – that somewhat puts one off going out, let alone out to run.
I signed up for this year’s Bupa London 10k for The Children’s Society partly in an attempt to get myself off my couch and out onto the pavement again.
But the real reason I signed up is on the day of the run, as I’m convincing myself to keep running and not to give up, I’ll be thinking about our work with children and young people. I’ll think of the stories of transformation I’ve heard from our programmes and projects across the country.
Running for children
Kids can be stubborn and there are so many reasons why children refuse the helping hand extended to them. What I love about our work - particularly that with young runaways - is that we keep trying.
We continue to offer support even when the child has declined it – because they are too scared to trust another adult, or because they fear getting in to trouble. We keep holding out a hand until they take it.
The run is going to be a struggle – my brain tells me I can do it but my body is not so sure any more. So, it’s the persistence of our project workers that I will use as inspiration when I run on 27 May.
We hope you’ll enjoy our stories and support The Children’s Society in a way you see fit.
By Kate Wareham, Senior Regional Fundraising and Development Manager