We’re kicking off the New Year with an exciting campaign to get Wales running in 2016.
With support from Run Wales, we aim to prove that anyone can enjoy running, regardless of their fitness levels or age.
So, we are inviting 20 runners to join #TeamBreconCarreg offering free entry to various running events throughout Wales and lots of Brecon Carreg water to hydrate them along the way.
If you need inspiration, we spoke to two people who turned their life around with running to find out what effect running had on their health and wellbeing:
Diabetic Alan Preston, 44, decided to turn his life around after a health warning from his doctor. After having done almost no exercise for five years, last year he completed half marathons in Cardiff, Newport, Swansea and Chippenham.
“When I started my running it was at first more of a run/walk programme to get me used to running outdoors,” he says.
“I had bought a treadmill for home as was around 17.5 stone and was self conscious about going out running. The first time I completed 5km on the treadmill it took me 36 minutes. Now, I’m three stone lighter and my best is 28 minutes.
“Being a first timer for Cardiff Half Marathon and finding out I had won a space gave extra momentum to my training. Running has certainly kept me active, and I’ve entered the World Half Marathon championships in March and fully intend to carry on.”
Margred Ranby, 35, was entered into the Cardiff Half Marathon 100 Club competition by her husband after she watched him run the London Marathon.
“Before the competition I would have told you I did a lot of exercise as I walked a lot and am forever going up and down the stairs in work and at home,” she says.
“However, now I will admit I was a serious couch potato. The group was a huge factor in keeping me motivated, especially on those days when you really wanted to do anything other than run.
“Weight loss was also a factor in keeping me motivated – once I could see it coming off not just on the scales but also in my body shape it just made me want to keep going. I have lost two stone since the end of June. I would train three times a week, with smaller runs in the week and a longer run on a Sunday.
“My first ever run was just 1.3 miles, it took me 20 minutes and I honestly thought I would never manage 13.1 miles. I’ve entered the World Half in March and my ultimate aim is to run a full marathon in 2017.”
So, if like Alan and Margred you want to get moving and challenge yourself this year, why not apply to join our team?
All you have to do is explain why you want to join and tell us your running story. Just enter your details and those of a running buddy (because it’s much more fun with a friend) online here:http://goo.gl/FKjgbW.
The closing date for entries is Friday 22 January, and winners will be notified on Monday 14 February.