Taking part in the Great Birmingham Run was a step up from the usually running pattern for Ginny. Here she reflects on her experiences and the support received from Groundwork to achieve this.

The decision to take on a big challenge.

I decided to take on the Great Birmingham Run to kickstart my journey back towards a more active lifestyle. The run provided a concrete deadline, pushing me to stop procrastinating and start running again after several years. Additionally, I wanted to support Groundwork, which does incredible work, and this run was a perfect opportunity to do so.

It was my first time running the Great Birmingham Run. I had attended the event as a spectator before, but being a runner was a completely different experience. The atmosphere was fantastic and truly inspiring. I began training about two months before the run and it was indeed my first time running such a distance. A few years ago, I used to run occasionally, about four times a month, but those runs were mostly between two to four kilometres so training for a 10K was a significant step up for me.

Training for the event and the support I received.

The support from Groundwork was excellent and I was providing with useful tips on both fundraising and preparing for the run. Their guidance made a significant difference in my preparation.

So far I have raised £445 for Groundwork. One tip I have for fundraising through social media is to continually share your fundraising page when thanking your friends for their sponsorship. This not only shows your appreciation but also helps others become aware of your fundraising efforts, especially if they missed your earlier posts.

For anyone considering a fundraising challenge, my advice is to choose an activity that excites you and set a clear, attainable goal.

Notes to Editors

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About Groundwork

Groundwork is a federation of charities with a collective mission to take practical action to create a fair and green future in which people, places, and nature thrive. We support communities and businesses to build capacity and resilience in order to tackle hardship, achieve a just transition to net-zero and help nature recover in a way that reduces inequality and leads to healthier, happier lives for all: www.groundwork.org.uk