Monthly Archives: October 2014

Bedfordshire BusinessWomen: Running A Good Cause

Primrose Unit, BedfordIn November 2013, Bedfordshire BusinessWomen launched a running club. Initially the group only contained two members, but interest soon began to build and now a small group of ambitious runners has been formed. With an aim to get fit and more importantly, raise some money for The Primrose Unit Research and Education Fund, the Bedfordshire BusinessWomen running club has entered into a sponsored race!

With the help of networking member and newly appointed team coach, Kate Barnard, together with the NHS couch to 5k programme, the Bedfordshire BusinessWomen runners soon began to see improvements in their fitness and were all delighted to complete their first Parkrun in Bedford Park in January 2014. The ladies had reached their 5k goal and so Kate suggested they set themselves a new challenge and run a 10k sponsorship race.  Whilst feelings were a bit mixed, true to form all of the team stepped up and agreed to take on the 10k challenge.

BBW Running Club

Gill Lake, Emma Garrett & Maureen Hallett

Training increased with the group meeting up once a week for their normal training session as well as additional workouts and speed training thrown in for good measure. The running club team have been so dedicated in reaching their goal that training hasn’t stopped; even whilst on holiday with treadmill running in the Canaries, beach running in Jersey and rainy hill running in Scotland keeping them, quite literally, on their toes!

On the 28th of September 2014 Bedfordshire BusinessWomen running club members Gill “Hill Killer” Lake, Maureen “No Brakes” Hallett and Emma “The Hare” Garrett ran a sponsored 10k race around Draycote Water Reservoir in the Run for Rotary Race.

BBW Running Club at the end of the Draycote 10km

Gill Lake, Maureen Hallett, Kate Barnard & Emma Garrett at the end of the Draycote Water 10km.

The course itself is very challenging. Situated in the Warwickshire countryside the Draycote Water Reservoir is made up of hills and exposed, windy straights, and it was the furthest the club had run. Not only that, but on the 5th of October, Emma Garrett is also planning to take part in a Sprint Triathlon (400m swim, 15 miles cycle, 5km run) for the charity.

The dedication of these ladies to raise money for the Bedford Hospital Primrose Unit Research and Education Fund has been outstanding and they are looking for support and sponsorship for this worthy cause. They all have their own very personal reasons for supporting this particular unit.  The Bedford Hospital Primrose Unit opened in 2003 providing high quality cancer care treatment and support services for a range of patients at different stages of their illness. The unit also boasts a highly skilled research team, whose work has received international acclaim.

Sponsorship for the hard work and dedication that the Bedfordshire BusinessWomen running club have put in over the past year would be gratefully received. Visit the Justgiving site for more information.