The Strata team has been busy raising money for our charity of the year, When You Wish Upon A Star, and now it’s Charity and Events Manager Leonie Weaver’s turn to share her story. She recently tackled the Great Yorkshire Run, which also happened to be her first major sporting event.
I’ve been working closely with When You Wish Upon A Star, so didn’t need much encouragement to help raise funds. I hadn’t done anything like the Great Yorkshire Run before, so this was a real physical challenge for me.
My training regime started last year, so thankfully I’ve been able to build up my stamina over time. I took part in the race alongside two of my colleagues, Strata CEO Andrew Weaver and Tristan Green.
The atmosphere was electric as we waited at the start line. I definitely experienced a mix of nerves and excitement – people lined the streets to encourage all the runners, which really gave me a motivational boost.
My adrenaline was flowing, which proved to be an advantage as Sheffield is hillier than I imagined! The first slope was just a few kilometres into the race, and the route suddenly became that bit tougher.
A photo finish
Crossing the finish line was a proud moment for me. I managed a time of 1 hour 14 seconds, so that gave me a real sense of achievement. I might not have been able to feel my legs, but seeing my time made it all worthwhile!
In fact, I’d like to do something like this every year. I’ll be resting up for a while, but I wouldn’t say no to taking on another challenge in the future.
Keep your eyes on the prize
If I had to give other runners a piece of advice, it would be to start training well in advance and don’t push yourself too hard in the week leading up to the race. You’ll need all your energy when the day finally comes!
It’s also a good idea not to obsess about how much further you have to run – just focus on the moment and keep the finish line in sight.
To sponsor Leonie or another member of the Strata team, head to our JustGiving page.