Victoria Morrell, 30 from Washington, Tyne and Wear has chosen to take on the Great North Run this year for St Oswald’s. Her determination to get into running has motivated Victoria to change her lifestyle, while raising vital funds towards our work.
Victoria was aware that exercise can improve physical and emotional wellbeing, so after a period of ill health, decided to take the plunge and train for the famous half marathon. She was running just one mile at a time when she began her training in February, so has come a long way in preparation for the 13 miles she will run on Sunday 10th September.
It has been a dream of mine to do the Great North Run; I’ve always felt inspired seeing other people running and thought it would be great to have a go myself. I’ve always enjoyed running but could never manage more than a mile until I joined a beginners running club in February. Running has given me a focus at a difficult time for me and I enjoy it so much. I have a busy life working and have two young children I bring up on my own, so getting a babysitter for an hour to run has helped me immensely. I feel doing the Great North Run will be a massive personal achievement for me.
“I’ve recently returned to work from being on long term sick and it was actually my manager who suggested I signed up, which has given me a chance to put my new hobby to the test. I looked at the hospice’s website and once I saw what St Oswald’s do, it encouraged me to take the leap and sign up.
“I’m definitely in full training mode now, I’ve even gave up alcohol for the last few weeks! Running gives me a great focus and something to take my mind off a difficult time for me. I feel great accomplishment each time I do a longer run and I tell pretty much anyone I see. Not only am I helping myself but I am able to help those who truly need it – a great cause.
Our Senior Fundraiser, Lucy Smith commented:
It’s great to see Victoria push herself to complete the Great North Run. It’s not an easy challenge and we’re always so grateful when people run for Team St Oswald’s. I think running is a great distraction and it seems to have worked for Victoria, giving her something else to focus on.
“We rely on wonderful people like Victoria from our local community, so that we can continue providing care to North East Families.
If you’d like to register your interest in running for us next year, please give us a call on 0191 246 9123. If the Great North Run isn’t for you, check out our Life List challenges on our website and see if any of our other challenges inspire you to support us.