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What motivated you to take part in the Berlin Marathon?
I ran two marathons last year, and found that I enjoy them! Back in 1996, I ran the London Marathon and I remember that it was a great day. Berlin is another iconic marathon, with huge numbers, people from all over the world and amazing sights. It is going to be fantastic to be part of the day. It is also known as a particularly fast course…although I won’t be setting any world records (or personal bests!)
How is your training going?
To be frank…terrible! My training has been off and on, more off than on, because of recurring shin splints. For anyone who doesn’t know what that is, it means sharp pain up the edge of the shins, which makes constant training very difficult. So I have had to do a lot of work to keep my legs in working order, not overdo the training…Yet do enough to make it round…I hope!
As one of our trustees, what inspires you about the work of All We Can?
There are a number of things. All We Can are putting in to practice the love of God in practical way – they are following a Christian and very Methodist principle to go to help those in the most difficult circumstances. All We Can works to strengthen grassroots local organisations and see them fulfil the aims that they have. A lot of time is spent developing those partnerships and organisations to bring long term change to people’s lives. All We Can also has a principle of seeing every person’s potential fulfilled; this means people in need, but also staff, supporters and even trustees. So All We Can is helping bring change for good to a whole community of connected people.
Do you have any advice for your fellow runners?
My advice for fellow runners would be to have fun, listen to your body, and don’t overdo it. If you need motivation then enter an event 6 months away! Run in events that you enjoy, talk to people and marvel at the runners who pass you who are 80-years-old and wearing deep-sea diving outfits. Drink well and do plenty of other kinds of exercise too, to take the pressure off your legs.
Laura works for All We Can as the Communications Manager. She is also an internationally acclaimed photographer with a passion for women's rights. She is studying MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies in her spare time and lives with her husband Stephen in Essex.