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We stuck to our running


Claire Gamble, 25, is a public relations account executive, from Manchester

“The furthest I’d ever run was 10 minutes on a treadmill. I’d been in the hockey and netball teams at school and gone to the gym at university, but if you’d told me I

would take up running, I’d have laughed.

“When I started work at my present company, one of my colleagues suggested four of us did the Bupa Great Manchester Run in May. She thought it would be a great bonding exercise and I wanted to make a good impression so I agreed, without thinking I’d never been able to run before! “Having a race to aim for scared me into training so, kitted out in brand new running clothes, and with my iPod playing, I set off, thinking how easy it all was. Three minutes later, I felt as if I was going to have a heart attack!

“It was fun to train at the gym with people from work, and

we had a laugh going shopping for the Superheroes outfits we wore for the run and it was amazing how I quickly got fit. “We did the 10k in 1:10, with the crowd shouting: ‘Go, green superheroes!’ and we raised about £1,000 for Diabetes UK. “After that I got the race bug so I took part in the EDF

Birmingham Half Marathon in October. I finished in 2:26. “As with any New Year’s resolution, there have been times

when I didn’t feel like going out for a run, especially when I’d had a stressful day at work and it was cold outside, but just doing it made me feel so much better. No one has been more surprised than me about my new hobby!”



Mark Casey, 26, from Hillingdon, Middlessex, is operations executive for a charity

“I’d always planned to get involved with a running event at New Year but it never happened because I was too lazy or other things took priority, but when my friends’ little boy Joe was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, I finally had a purpose – to raise as much as possible for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

“Joe is such a jolly little chap. He’s the happiest boy I

know and I’m a sort of an honorary uncle to him and his older sister Betsy. I started training and my first race was to be the 5k Santa Run in Greenwich in December 2010, but it was postponed because of the snow. But, now I have places for the marathons in London, Prague and Reading in 2011 and so far I’ve raised more than £3,000 for the MDC. “I love getting my headphones on and going out

running for an hour or so. It really de-stresses me. I know running marathons for Joe will be very emotional but I can’t wait to do a big race.” * fundraising_events/filter_group/running


It’s that time of year, when good intentions get the better of us. Christine Fieldhouse talked to six runners who pledged to run as a New Year resolution – and they’re still going strong!

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