Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Race for Life

Thank goodness the weather stayed dry for all those amazing runners taking part in the Marathon at the weekend, well done to each and every one of them. Many runners of all levels will be putting their minds to Race for Life which is now coming up and taking place all over the UK to raise money for Cancer Research UK
I have taken part in Race for Life a couple of times over the past few years with a group of friends. I think it's fair to say that everyone sadly has been effected by Cancer in some way whether it is losing a loved one or supporting close friends or family that are trying to beat it. We all feel helpless and wish we could make a difference and signing up to Race for Life felt like a positive move to make some sort of personal contribution to help others and support an amazing charity.AXA PPP are a sponsor of Race for Life and the events are either 5 or 10km in distance (3 or 6 miles) and are very much no pressure, fun and positive events to be involved in. There is no competition, everyone runs at their own pace, or walks if need be. You all have a story, some wear it on their shirts to show who they are running in memory of, which is moving to see. My thoughts were of my Grandad we lost to the big C unexpectedly when I was younger.

As far as finishing the run, it was easier than you can imagine, everyone is really supporting of each other. I am very much a part-time runner (once a week with a couple of my Mum-chums). I know it's not a great effort but I like to be positive about my weekly run in that it's better than nothing! 

It obviously helps a great deal if you have had some running experience and have a decent level of fitness so if you are thinking or know of anyone who would like to take part in Race for Life this year, then you might like to visit Race for Life sponsor AXA PPP‘s site which offers a whole host of information and tips. You can also increase any sponsorship money you have raised by entering into their weekly prize draws. Enter this competition every Friday until the beginning of August and you could be in with a chance of winning £100 if you are an individual runner, or £200 for an AXA PPP healthcare member (either your own or part of a corporate scheme). All you need to do is raise at least £50 in sponsorship and hold a Just Giving Page.

If you check out the ‘be healthy’ section of the AXA PPP website also has great training tips and recipe ideas for runners and those just wanting to get into good habits and runners of all experience levels can ask important questions and benefit from AXA PPP expert healthcare knowledge by taking part in a live chat dedicated to running on the 26th April (tomorrow!).

Live chat details:

* Health experts will be available to ask about getting started with running, training for every level, diet and nutrition for runners, taking care of injuries and more.

* After the live chat ends, there is plenty more health and fitness content available to help runners on the ‘be healthy’ section of the AXA PPP website, including training guides and healthy recipes.

The experts lined up for the live chat are:
• 10am – 12 noon – AXA ICAS, sports and exercise science expert John Crudington, who has previously worked as a personal trainer, fitness tutor and physiologist.
•2pm – 4pm – Personal trainer Lucy Wydham-Read, who has spent the last ten years helping people improve their fitness – even the odd celebrity, and at one point an entire football team!
• 5pm – 7pm – Nutritionist, Dr Sarah Schenker, who is regularly quoted in the national press and is one of the most influential nutritionists in the UK.

Join in the fun and get exclusive updates on special events at the races by joining AXA PPP on Facebook and/orTwitter page today.

I have signed up for the 10K Race for Life event on July 7th at Finsbury Park and am looking forward to getting together with friends to make a little bit more of a difference hopefully. You can sponsor me here!
Hope you find an event near you you can take part in too.

This is a sponsored post.

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