As many of you will know, I’m big on health and fitness and work out almost every day of the week. Aside from upping the intensity of my interval training routines, I hadn’t yet set myself any super specific fitness challenges…until now!
A little while ago, I received an email from Scottish Power asking whether I’d like to take part in the 5k Race For Life and their High 5 Challenge (which you can learn more about from their Facebook page – just click on the link!). They pledged to sponsor me £200 for taking part, and there was no way I could refuse – any opportunity to help an amazing cause like Cancer Research UK is something I take up!
The first step of the Scottish Power High 5 Challenge was to sign up (easy), then customise your pink glove! Ok, so I’m not the most artistic kid on the block, but I thought the ‘C’ could stand for both Chyaz and Cancer Research UK!
I arrived at Heaton Park, Manchester and headed over to the Scottish Power tent. After asking Tiz to take the photo below (where I showed off my blinged-up glove) I spotted some fellow bloggers waving to me and went to say hello. It wasn’t long before we were getting ready to race!
As you can see, it was hot. Pretty darn hot, actually! I knew that the heat would slow me down a little, so didn’t worry too much about my time (I came in at around 35 minutes for the 5k in the end, but am determined to get a much better time very soon!).
The race was difficult, but certain things kept me going. Mostly, it was thinking about all of the people I’ve ever known who have been affected by cancer, but there was something else – or should I say someone else, who inspired me without even knowing.
As I was running between the 1k and 2k markers, I overheard a conversation between two ladies. One of them (I figured out from her sign that her name was Annie) was talking about her own battle with cancer. I only heard a brief snippet of her story, but she was talking about how she made it through her first chemotherapy session. It was touching and inspiring, and made me run harder and faster. Thank you, Annie.
All in all, I have raised £260 so far – but I think I can reach my goal of £500! If you would like to donate, my page is open for a little while longer – please CLICK HERE to sponsor me and help to show cancer who’s boss.
I wore my shiny medal with pride after completing the race – it has actually inspired me to take running a little more seriously! I love being in competition with myself, and want to improve my time over and over again.
Thank you to Scottish Power for the amazing sponsorship, and to my wonderful friends and family who have pitched in too. I can’t thank you enough if you decided to donate to my fundraising page – every penny goes to Cancer Research UK.
Let’s gang up on cancer!