This April I’m running the 2013 Brighton Marathon. That’s right, a whole marathon. I’ve been into running for a few years now and have run a few short races and tackled Ealing Half Marathon back in September, but this will be my first marathon. Training is well underway, I even went for a gentle 3.5 mile run to my GoodGym coach in Stepney Green this morning through the snow.
And I’ll be raising money for GoodGym by while running this marathon. GoodGym are a social enterprise based in East London who combine volunteering & running to give people meaningful reasons to exercise. I join them on their group runs to local community projects & charities every Monday evening, and I have also been paired up with a Goodgym coach to run to once a week. My coach, John, lives in a care home in Stepney Green. He has dementia and no family so I run to visit him once a week to make sure that he gets a frequent visitor. Goodgym‘s work connecting runners with elderly, housebound people is amazing. It gives the runner a reason to get off the sofa and the coach knows that someone’s going to pop in, which hopefully alleviates some of the loneliness that is such a problem in our big cities. Read more about Goodgym on their website. It started in East London, but it’s spreading so why not see if one’s opening near you soon!