Well done to our fabulous Fun Runners!

Getting setAround 50 people took part in our annual Fun Run in Cannon Hill Park on Saturday. And – whether they ran, walked or did a bit of both – everyone managed the full 5k. What an achievement!

We provide a lot of health related services, so it’s good to bring clients together occasionally. Getting out and doing exercise is a nice thing to do together so it’s a lovely social event. But helping to get people more active also fits in with city and national agendas like Change 4 Life.

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Caroline Willey (left) and Gateway volunteer Sharon (right) with some of Caroline’s Rosemary Conley group

Our Fun Runners this year were mostly clients, former clients and staff, although a few people who’d seen the publicity turned up on the day.

Our Health Trainers were out in force and had encouraged lots of their current and former clients to come along, which was brilliant.

Caroline Willey, who runs a local Rosemary Conley group, also brought a big group of people along (thanks, Caroline!). Our Lighten Up team refer a lot of people to Caroline so it was great for everyone to be able to put faces to names.

Joy gets us movingThe morning started with a warm-up from Health Trainer Joy Wilkes, who got us all stretching and moving. Then we were off!

Our Fun Run route took in two laps of the park. this is the same route as the regular Cannon Hill Parkrun, so it’s a good taster for those who think they might want to continue and, perhaps, start doing something like this regularly.

well deserved restFor those who hadn’t done anything like this before, however, there was no pressure – people could walk as slowly as they needed to around the course. We even had a few mums with buggies! It’s all about just getting out and getting moving.

The weather on Saturday was muggy and overcast, but the threatened rain didn’t appear – in fact the sun came out as we finished! All the runners received a goody bag for taking part… and a well-deserved sit down.

We’d like to say a big “thank you” to our Health Trainers for helping organise the Fun Run. Thanks, also, to our Gateway Volunteers who helped out on the day.

What a difference a year makes…

Many of this year’s runners were participating for the second year running (if you’ll excuse the pun) – including Mark, who joined us on both Fun Runs with his mum.

We spoke to Mark on camera each time so, in the following video, we’ve put together a clip from last year, followed by a clip from Saturday. You can see the difference that having a Health Trainer (and, of course, putting in a lot of hard work) has made!