"Set yourself a challenge and give it a go!"
Britta runs the Royal Parks Half Marathon
This year the Royal Parks Half Marathon will celebrate 10 years of running. We've been involved since the start and Plan supporter Britta has completed the course an impressive three years in a row!
Britta tells us what motivates her to keep coming back to this award-winning event and shares her top tips for aspiring half marathon runners.
What inspired you to fundraise for Plan?
During my time as a trustee of the Autonomous Research Charitable Trust I got to know Plan via a school project in Uganda that our trust supported. I had the opportunity to visit the project, witnessing first-hand the difference Plan projects make on the ground.
The same year I decided with a few colleagues to run the Royal Parks, fundraising for Plan. This year will be my fourth Royal Parks half marathon for Plan!
What brings you back to the race each year?
Raising funds for Plan is a huge motivator. The atmosphere during the run with plenty of crowd support is something I look forward too.
I love seeing all the costumes – last year I was overtaken by a rhino! Crossing the finish line is a great feeling of accomplishment, regardless of the finishing time.
What advice would you give others who want to take on a half marathon?
Set yourself a challenge and give it a go! If you have not run before a fun way to start and connect with other runners is to join your local parkrun, a 5km run that takes place in parks all around the UK.
Committing to run the Royal Parks Half motivates me to go out and run throughout the year but it also helps to think of it as just one big run!
Following a training plan and nutrition guide will help you to prepare and prevent injuries. I also recommend avoiding the treadmill and running outside.