I do not run.
That was until I saw an advert for Mencap's Run Heaton Park.
It seemed the perfect opportunity considering I have a little boy with a learning disability, and had recently decided enough was enough with my lack of motivation and fitness. It was time to step up my game and prove to Rowan "if Mummy can do, anything so can he".
I registered, set up my JustGiving page and eagerly awaited my first sponsor. They came in steadily, and this gave me the confidence boost I needed to push myself to get training.
Luckily for me my partner Adam is a boxing coach and personal trainer. He was great at making sure I was getting myself to the gym once I’d taken Rowan to nursery. When he was home from work he’d come in and announce we were going for a run, no questions asked, shoes on and out the door.
After a while I actually really started to enjoy it! The buzz I got when I’d finished was something I’d never thought I’d feel after exercise. I didn’t like those hill sprints though. They were awful!
My alarm was set, but I’d been up since 6:30am, excited like a kid at Christmas! I had my breakfast and was out the door for 8am.
Once I got to the park I made my way to Heaton Hall and already the atmosphere was incredible!
The sun was shining, music was playing and the people working the event were great and full of smiles! I got my running number and bright pink t-shirt and popped back to the car to sort myself.
By the time I’d made my way back to the hall it was packed full of people who were ready to run. It was lovely to see so many there for such an amazing cause.
Whilst sat on the grass watching and waiting for the little ones to finish their 1km race I couldn’t help but have a massive smile across my face.
Seeing everyone there supporting each other and cheering on the kids made me realise, as a Mum to a child with a learning disability, that the work Mencap does is so important.
All these people were here for children and adults like my son, and I couldn’t have been prouder to be a part of it.
If Enjay's story has inspired you, why not sign up for the Run Heaton Park 2019 event?
Now for the run, I had so much fun!
My brother and sisters had arrived to cheer me on and keep me going which really helped.
They had me laughing and made sure I didn’t quit - it was hot and that last hill was tough.
But I did it!
I proved to myself, and most importantly to Rowan, that anything you set yourself up for you can achieve.
I’ve raised over £300 for Mencap, and am beyond proud of my achievement.
If I can do it, so can you!
If anyone reading this thinks it’s something they’d like to do then the best advice I can give is to go for it.
Dust off those running shoes, or even better go treat yourself to a new pair and do it! You won’t regret it.
The buzz you feel throughout the whole day is like no other.
Thank you Mencap for organising such a brilliant day. I can’t wait for the next one!
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Has Enjay's story inspired you? If so, you can sign up for next year's Run Heaton Park event now!
We have 5km and 10km running events all over the UK - in London Greenwich Park, Cardiff Bute Park, Birmingham Sutton Park and London Hyde Park. Get involved and join #TeamMencap, go for a personal best time, or just take in the sights and scenery of some of the UK’s most iconic parks
Or, if you fancy something else, why not take a look at our Events pages? There's lot of different things for you to get involved in and try to raise some money to help support our work improving the lives of people with a learning disability.
If you have any questions, you can also speak to our Events Team:
- phone 0207 696 6946
- email firstname.lastname@example.org.