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“I am all about encouraging people to get out there and get running”


In the coming months we will be following the journey of four lucky Events of the North ambassadors as they get ready for the Durham City Run Festival in July. The first blog in our series comes from EOTN Ambassador Mark who is just as likely to be found volunteering as he is running!

“This is my first blog as an EOTN Ambassador for the Durham City 10k which is part of the Durham City Run Festival happening in July. The line up over the whole weekend looks amazing and it’s great that we get to be part of the first Paula’s Families on Track.

I guess I should start with a bit about myself. Well I’m not the fastest runner and I’m not always the most motivated but the main thing is when I do get out I enjoy it and have fun. You have to remember to enjoy yourself otherwise it makes it hard work and you start to dread heading out for a run.

I’m also not one for long distances, 10k or a half marathon will do me! I haven’t been caught with the marathon or ultra bug yet but it doesn’t mean it won’t happen! Your head definitely needs to be ready for the distance before you attempt a marathon. 
I am all about encouraging people to get out there and get running. Alongside my EOTN Ambassador role, I volunteer as an Event Support Ambassador for parkrun UK. In both roles I get to see the great work that everyone puts in to make events possible and supportive to get people out there running. I was lucky enough to be invited down to the launch of Paula’s Families on Track event. It’s a great initiative to get all of the family running together, and with different distances involved in the relay, it really does mean everyone can take part.

I’m looking forward to running the Durham City 10k this year. It never fails to disappoint. Running around Durham is beautiful and I think its something you forget when you get the chance to do it all of the time, so I’m pleased Events of the North organise the Durham City Run Festival to show Durham off. This will be my third year running the 10k, and the previous two years have been great weather, so I’m hoping for the same again this year.

Now I need to have a look at what other events I want to run this year, currently trying to decide between the 10k or half marathon at Sunderland in May.”

If you want to follow my running (and more than often volunteering) follow me on Twitter: @Possiblerunner

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