I CAN run the Bupa London 10K!
On 25th May I CAN had 57 runners pound the streets of London in the BUPA London 10K. It was an amazing day with a great atmosphere and some fantastic cheering from the I CAN stand. We are so grateful to all our runners for their hard work fundraising and training – you should be so proud of yourselves! Some fantastic photos were captured on the day, click here to be inspired!
Openreach runner, Darren Gorman, shares his experience and offers some of his own personal training advice:
Hi everyone, my name is Darren Gorman. I am 25 and married with three beautiful children.
The BUPA London 10K…. Well where do I start?
It’s a great run to take part in; it makes no difference if you’re tremendously fit or just want to run it for fun. For me, the most rewarding part of it all, is raising money and awareness for great charities like I CAN.
My friends, family and work colleagues are no doubt fed up with me, I am always asking them to sponsor me and I do it so often. It would be easier for them to set up a direct debit! That said, I thank each and every one of them, for putting their hands into their pockets to help and support the children and families that I CAN exist to reach.
This was my 3rd year running the race and I loved it. I worked very hard with my training this year, (unlike the last two). My advice to anyone thinking about running;
TIP 1. Get yourself a running partner. It helps you immensely and especially on those days when you really don’t want to start pounding the streets, I trained with a friend who also ran for I CAN and we motivated each other to make sure we stuck to our commitment.
TIP 2. Another piece of advice….. we decided to do a 10K run the week before and this really did help our fitness and our ability.
We also decided to do a 5K run three days before!!! DO NOT DO THAT. It was a big mistake, my friend hurt his ankle and the swelling was bad, even on race day. He decided he wasn’t going to run, but changed his mind at the last minute, with a little persuasion. We got to about 1.5K mark together and he told me to run ahead, I didn’t want to but he insisted. I told him to make sure he finishes, even if he has to walk. He did finish the run, but his leg is now in a cast, he didn’t know at the time but he ran the 10K with a fractured ankle…..jokes aside, I feel so bad about it and the fact I made him run makes it worse. But what a trooper (nutter) Brendan Morgan is for finishing the run.
TIP 3. Don’t push yourselves too hard in training and try to follow the training guide, go at your own pace and rest up prior to race day.
Taking part in this event was a fantastic opportunity for my family and I to have a great day out. We took advantage of being in London and spent the day seeing the landmarks our capital has to offer.
TIP 4. Although all your body wants to do is rest after the run, I promise you the best option is to keep moving, for as long as you can. Walking around London all day really does work great. I woke up Monday morning (afternoon) with little or no pains at all.
I am already excited for next year and want to start my fundraising early, I will be doing all I can to raise even more money next year.
Sponsor Darren Gorman – http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DarrenGorman
If you want to join Darren and be a part of something truly amazing sign up for the 2015 Bupa London 10K now! Then you can say – I CAN RUN THE BUPA LONDON 10K!