So as many of you may know, I have decided to sign up to the ABP 10k run in April in aid of fundraising for the Centre for Cancer Immunology in Southampton – the very first centre of its kind in the UK, dedicated to beating cancer through immunotherapy. As a member of staff at the University of Southampton, I have been asked to feature in the Connects Staff magazine, and talk about why I have decided to take part. However, due to limited space in the magazine, all my answers could not be included so thought I’d make a blog post of it as I spent some time writing it today and didn’t want it to go to waste! It’s also a great way to raise further awareness of the incredible campaign which is close to achieving the £25m required to build a world-class centre with the facilities and tools required to further cancer immunotherapy.
Why are you running the ABP 10k?
Essentially to get fit! Having been overweight for the majority of my life, fitness and health have become a core part of my focus over the past year. I did the Great South 5k in 2016 with my friends and absolutely fell in love with running outside/through Southampton Common whilst training for it. This year I wanted to keep myself equally as active, so made it a New Year’s goal to keep up running on a regular basis – so the ABP 10k provided an ideal way to stay motivated and to a schedule.
Why did you choose to run for the Centre for Cancer Immunology campaign?
I chose to run for the Centre for Cancer Immunology campaign for several reasons: I work at the University of Southampton and so have been involved in the social media communications of promoting it, which means I have been able to see first-hand the amount of incredible work that goes into the campaign; I truly believe in the work of immunotherapy and what the campaign is trying to achieve (build a dedicated centre – the very first of its kind in the UK – that will potentially change the way cancer is treated across the world), and for all the people I know that have suffered, are still suffering or may suffer at the hands of cancer in the future.
How are you planning to raise money for the cause? Do you have a target you want to hit?
Yes, I certainly hope to be able to raise some money for the campaign, and plan to get the help of my sisters on board as they are much better at fundraising than I am! I don’t have a target in mind but hope to raise as much money as I can.
How is your training going? What have you found easy / hard?
My training is going…/has yet to happen! I have done some casual running/chatting with my friends through Southampton Common since February, but have yet to start running to a rigorous or regular schedule. I do have a Personal Trainer though; he helps me with resistance and cardio exercises and I have found this to be invaluable so far in terms of building core/leg strength and endurance. Currently I am trying to focus on my nutrition/food choices so I can shed a few pounds before the 10k, so there’s less of me to carry whilst I’m running!
Will friends / family be supporting you on the day? Do you have any plans to celebrate after completing the race?
I have managed to rope in several friends to do the 10k with me, so yes they will be there with me on the day. I am a foodie so I plan to celebrate afterwards by eating lots of
unhealthy nutritious food! 😀
My 2 seconds of fame of featuring on the uni main blog: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/blog/sussed-news/2017/03/14/over-180-people-running-in-aid-of-the-centre-for-cancer-immunology/#disqus_thread
More info on the campaign for the Centre for Cancer Immunology, what it aims to achieve and the groundbreaking results immunotherapy has achieved so far: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/youreit/
The cure for cancer? #YoureIt