For the second year in a row, Ewals Cargo Care will be a headline sponsor of the Colchester Half-Marathon, and the European Logistics operator will be again fielding its own group of runners.The team is a mixture, with some who are seasoned runners and some for whom it is the first time they have ever run a serious distance that requires training for. Below we take a look at some of their stories and why they’ve chosen to run the event.
The Regular - Chris
We look first at team leader Chris Smith, a long-time runner who is helping to lead the group in their training. Chris is a font of knowledge for the runners, able to provide guidance on training plans, nutrition, and footwear, as well as helping them to deal with the mental challenge that comes from attempting a run that can take up to 2 and a half hours!
“I'm a regular runner and always like to support my local race. The Colchester
Half-Marathon is a great event and it’s made even better by the fact that we
have a lot of runners from ECC who have taken up the challenge. Running as
a group is always a great experience, with the team spirit being something
that really helps to propel you on, both in the training sessions and during the
event. On a personal note, this is a run that I like to approach more casually,
not chase a fast time or personal best for example, and just soak up the
experience on the day. The community spirit is really buzzing on the day and
it’s great to just run and take in the city, its buildings, and the rural areas the
course passes through, it’s just a really great day.”
The Challenge Taker - Molly
Next we have Molly. Molly is making her first foray into the world of running and is
using it as an initial step onto a path of better general health and fitness. Whilst a big
challenge, so long as training is tackled correctly in a slow build up, running a half
marathon is the perfect starter challenge for someone wanting to build their fitness.
“I decided to take part in the Half-Marathon this year as last year I took the decision to quit
drinking alcohol as part of an overall move to improve my health, with maybe having had
one too many years of enjoying beer and kebabs, and felt it was time for a change.
So, to go with this and give me some extra motivation I thought I’d take on a challenge of
some sort and the Half-Marathon seemed like the perfect thing to have a go at. It’s a local
event and one that I’ve been told is great to be a part of on the day, so I’m really looking
forward to it! So far, my training is going really well.“
Be sure to keep an eye out for part 2 next week!