Growth, doubt and a journey, is how this all started back in January 2015 when I thought I might like to run a half marathon, so I entered the Perkins Great Eastern, in for a penny in for a pound, let’s do the Rutland one, why not? Then doubt called, what have you done?
Professional sport looks great when we watch it; actually sport, is about us, participation, inclusivity, it is in our communities, as we try to manage our crowded lives.
But how do you fit it all in? With the help of others. Debs introduced me through her yoga charity day to “For Rutland In Rutland”. A cancer charity providing support for those that need help, they could be our neighbor or someone we know. I have a personal connection with cancer, I watched a close friend, lose their life to it, and we all have such stories.
So I decided that I would run for them, they said yes, on the day of the race eight more runners joined me, I didn’t know them, I did by the finish, I came in second from last. We did it, and we made a difference. If you want to make a difference – you can donate here or perhaps you fancy a challenge???
Next year I intend to undertake more events For Rutland In Rutland so why not join me? Let’s make a team of it. You can contact me through Debs or For Rutland In Rutland. When we cross the finish line together, you will feel wonderful, and you have helped someone you may not know but who needs it, and that’s what it’s all about.
Om Shanti, John Hawkins (runner, yogi and fundraiser)