Rebecca recently took on the Coventry Half Marathon, to raise money for Prevent Breast Cancer.
We asked Rebecca how she found the experience of taking on a sporting challenge…
What made you want to fundraise for Prevent Breast Cancer?
I have always wanted to do a fundraising event and Prevent Breast Cancer is a charity that has been close to my heart since my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer 5 years ago.
How did you find the training?
Training was really difficult actually. I have been running on and off for 3 years now but I did have a break in December until the end of January, so I didn’t have much time to train which meant I trained extra hard in the weeks leading up to the event.
How did you find the fundraising?
Fundraising was great and I found I got a lot of support through my JustGiving page. I only really used my JustGiving page so I’m looking forward to trying different ways to fundraise for my next event.
What was the event day like?
The day of the event was really exciting but I was so nervous too as It was my first ever half marathon and I didn’t feel at my fittest. The atmosphere at the start line from supporters and the music put me at ease though. I started to struggle around 8 miles in, but the people of Coventry cheering you on and offering you water and sweets all the way round kept my spirits up and pushed me through it. Running through that finish line was emotional knowing that you have achieved something you didn’t think you would be able to do, but also raising money to help others.
What is your advice for others who are thinking of signing up to a challenge event?
The only advice I would give is to just do it!! Don’t think about it and worry if you can do the challenge. Just believe in yourself and the charity and book it!