As a well-known local business woman, and a trustee of a local charity – Feline Care
, I have been in training to run the London marathon on Sunday.
I am not quite sure how I got into this other than I have been looking for something to do totally unrelated to work and having spent the last 15 years, 24/7, building up and running several successful businesses, thinking that I needed a fresh challenge, (business unrelated)... I climbed Kilimanjaro in January (pic below) for ZSEA.
I was not intending to do another extreme challenge quite so soon but the charity got a ballot place for the Feline Care at the first attempt and for some bizarre, post-menopausal reason I couldn’t keep my hand down when the request came through. Through the countless hours of training for both challenges I do believe the determination and single mindedness I appear to possess has carried me through - perhaps this is why I am still in business 15 years on!
The Feline care at Roudham is more than just a cat sanctuary. It plays an important role in the local community helping to control feral colonies that get out of control in public and other places. Its neutering and release programme keeps colonies in check; many of these groups of felines play an important role themselves keeping vermin under control.
I live in Bridgham near Thetford and I am extremely lucky to live within running and walking distance of Thetford Forest and some of the most attractive and natural trails to train on. Walking and running I have clocked up hundreds of miles, much of this has been done at 5.30am in the morning to fit in with the business pressures. My running partner – Sparky the dog, has been a great support in the dark winter morning runs, complete with head torch.
Business hasn’t suffered and you could argue it has benefitted from delegating and encouraging staff to take on further responsibility. I wear several business hats including The Lively Crew, an established marketing company, Fresh Pod and Chill Pod our environmental UK and European businesses and at district level our BOLD Directories business working with several district councils including Broadland, South Norfolk and Breckland to connect businesses through online directories and business forums.
Fitting training in around work and travel for work has been as much of a challenge as actually covering the miles required to climb a mountain as well as compete this weekend.
I will have a cat themed outfit on Sunday (see picture below). I think I am more nervous about travelling on the underground to the starting line than actually running – let’s hope nobody recognises me! Visit my Virgin Money Giving page here