Deborah Harris is stepping up her fitness regime to take part in Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s Hemel 10k on Sunday 9 July. Deborah used the services that Rennie Grove offer at Grove House, St Albans 16 years ago when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 35.
“The services on offer were fantastic. They provided great support, particularly with counselling, art therapy and alternative therapies including massage and reiki – especially whilst I was having chemotherapy.”
Deborah continues; “I took up running last year at the age of 50 when a friend and I decided that we needed a challenge and signed up for a sprint triathlon! I now run 5k regularly and I do the St Albans Park Run most weeks. This year however, I decided I needed a new challenge and so signed up for the Hemel 10k.
“As well as setting a challenge for myself, I also really wanted to support Rennie Grove. I volunteer for the Victoria Street, St Albans Rennie Grove shop and have done for about three years now, but this is my opportunity to do something more for the charity.”
In addition to signing up for the Hemel 10k, Deborah also ran the St Albans Half Marathon 5k race on Sunday 11 June and hoped to raise around £500 for Rennie Grove. Deborah has been gradually increasing her stamina to be able to run the 10k in July;
“I run three or four times a week and am slowly building up from 5k to 10k. I've managed 8k so far so I should be fine by July! I'd definitely encourage people to sign up. It's a great local cause that provides amazing care and support to people who are very unwell and their families. Running with others makes you feel really good, whatever speed you run and it's good for your health and fitness too.”
Join Deborah at the start line and sign up for the Hemel 10k today. There is also a 1.5k Superhero Fun Run open to all ages. For more information visit the event page.