Photography by Andy Beach
Since not knowing whether to laugh or cry at the end of the Great North Run in 2009 (for the record I did both), I have not dusted off the running shoes for outdoor running in some time.
I had become a gym bunny, enjoying the comfort of the classes, air conditioning and chilled water on demand. However, just after Christmas 2011/12, many of the employees at Prova declared that it only right and proper if I am to arrange a social curry club that there should be a sporting club to offset the calories!
So, as the days grew light, we went out running. I was reminded it is not my first love in terms of sporting activities and there were certainly some dark horses among the team (legs, you know who you are!).
As most of us in the UK know, it’s been the wettest drought ever! So training hasn’t been what it should have been. Nevertheless, the sunshine was glorious on the morning of Sunday 13th May at Warwick Castle as we lined up for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Heroes Run.
It was a great turn out as we arrived bright and breezy for a trot around the castle. I can think of worse things to do on a Sunday morning… though some of the team might have argued a good case for bed!
I ran the 5k in just under 34 minutes. Intrigued, I logged into the Great North Run website wondering whether my performance had improved. It seems I am five minutes faster than back in 2009 at the 5k mark. Has the gauntlet been raised to beat my half marathon time of 2hrs 51 minutes? Shall I aim for 2hrs? We shall have to see. Off to the gym tonight.
However, the real hero of the piece is Prova’s Gemma Shryane who walked 26 miles for ‘Walk for Harry’ on Sunday 13th May – to you I take my hat off.
Well done Team Prova! Over £200 raised for charity in just one weekend.