Posted: 18 May 2012

Preparing for my 10k time-trial torture

Henry Rowling standing with his bicycle in front of the Eiffel TowerAs a keen and regular cyclist I’ve undertaken some challenges. For example, I pedalled from London to Paris in 24 hours. But I’ve always found running to be more difficult than cycling.

When cycling, you can go pretty fast and especially on hills feel as if you're slicing through the air. When running, everything is slower and, well, I have to run and that’s more tiring.

So when I signed up to run this year’s Bupa London 10k I knew it was going to be a challenge.

Why am I running? Partly to stop my colleagues’ badgering. I’m part of the fundraising department here at The Children’s Society and signed up after a bit of workday pestering. So a week on Sunday I’ll be among a team of 24 other keen runners, walkers, strollers and sprinters, including my colleague Kate raising money for our favourite charity.

The real reason I’m running

As a team we’re hoping to raise in excess of £5,500 to help fund our work with some of the most vulnerable children and young people in the country.

I’m running because I’m passionate about our work – have a look at our new Fair and Square campaign to get a sense of how we support children living in poverty. And I’m passionate about raising money because it helps improve young people’s lives.

My training programme is a running joke

The truth is I’m in trouble and my training regime has been anything but strict. I’ve told lots of people I’m going to finish it in a quick time – sub-45 minutes – but the weeks have flown by since I first signed up and my ‘training’ programme is a shambles -- a non-existent, horrible shambles.

I’ve still got 10 days to fit in some serious work so we’ll see. Certainly I don’t think Mo Farah or Paula Radcliffe have too much to worry about in this Olympics year from yours truly.

Fun run

I’ll write another blog after the race to update you on whether I meet my 45-minute goal. Even if I have to admit defeat on my target time, I’m sure it will be a fun day and, ultimately, we’ll be helping children, which is always worthwhile.

If you feel inspired to run or trek for The Children’s Society in the future, get fit and raise money to support our work with young people, please join us for one of our upcoming runs. Our events team will be only too happy to assist you with training advice and fundraising tips.

By Henry Rowling, Direct Marketing Manager

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