Caroline wasn’t a born runner, she wasn’t the top of the class in P.E. she wasn’t really sporty at all. It wasn’t until later in life that she got into running. The amazing thing about sport is it doesn’t require money, it doesn’t cost anything to get outside and go for a run, and this is exactly was Caroline realised. She was on her own with a child, she didn’t have a lot of money, but running was a great escape – it was an opportunity to get outdoors, keep fit and most importantly, clear her mind.
To begin with running was just a hobby, Caroline would never envisaged running a marathon, but after taking part in a few little competitions & meeting like minded people she decided to set her self a personal goal – to run a marathon before she reached 40 years old. Caroline ran her first marathon 5 years ago, but in December last year she realised running may be able to help others after attending a fund raising event for students at Stockport Grammar School, who were raising money for a trip to Borneo. Caroline met a young girl who was extremely passionate about raising money for the trip & in a moment of madness she decided she would run the Manchester Marathon to help raise funds for the girl.
The first marathon Caroline ran the weather was dreadful, it was snowing, raining, freezing and even though there was limited time to train for the second, the conditions couldn’t have been any worse than the initial competition, plus she was determined to help the students raise money for their trip, so the unideal conditions didn’t phase her. Caroline completed the marathon in a time of 3 hours 46 minutes; the goal was under 4 hours so she was absolutely delighted. With the encouragement of the young girl, the posts on Facebook following Caroline’s training and the lead up to the Manchester run, along with the other fundraisers help by the students, enough money was raised for the transport to Borneo.
Following Caroline’s success in the Manchester Marathon, a friend told her given her time & age, she would be eligible for instant place in the London Marathon 2018 through the Good For Age program. After applying she got a place, which is a massive achievement in itself!
Bring Hope’s UK office is located at The Colony HQ in Wilmslow, this is where Caroline met Thomas and was introduced to Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation. It was also where the idea of her running the London Marathon & putting together a team for the Wilmslow Half Marathon – to raise money for Bring Hope and the children in Lesotho, Kurdistan & even closer to home in the UK – was conceived. The two runs are about community spirit, working together for a good cause, helping everyone involved, but more than anything, it is about having fun. Fun is the whole ethos of Bring Hope sport initiatives, no matter what age, gender, religion, shape, size, colour you are, sport is the one thing that brings a smile to everyone’s face, whether that’s running, or football, or anything else.
In the lead up to the London & Wilmslow Marathons, Bring Hope, in association with the The Colony HQ, will be holding events, a ladies night and much more, to help raise awareness for the charity – stay tuned to our social media for more information & updates on training, the marathons and upcoming fundraisers.