Sarah Smith – Durham City Run 10K Ambassador

Hi, I’m Sarah one of the EOTN ambassadors for the Durham City 10K; I’m excited to be writing my first blog post in which I’ll introduce myself and how I fell in love with running! I rediscovered my love for running in March 2019, previously having only ran in Race for Life 2015 and training for a few months beforehand. I enjoyed my first running experience so much, but for one reason and another didn’t make time to keep up running after the Race for Life event. However, in search of a new hobby and remembering how much I’d enjoyed running my first 10K and training for it, I thought I’d give it another go and this time I truly caught the running bug! I soon became a regular at my local parkrun and signed up for my first official event; the 2019 Durham City 10K, which I thoroughly enjoyed and exceeded my own expectations in. I was initially nervous I wouldn’t be good enough to join a running club, but finally took the plunge in October 2019 joining Durham Mum’s on the Run; it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! Some members of the club encouraged me to also join Elvet Striders, which I was even more apprehensive about at first but now absolutely love – I only wish I’d joined a club sooner! I’m so happy to have discovered the social aspects of running; because of DMotR and Striders I’ve made wonderful friends for life through what is often perceived as a solo or isolated sport, I’ve been encouraged and enabled to achieve goals I never thought I’d be able to, and my confidence, not only in my running but also in myself, has improved dramatically! I hope that by sharing my story and experiences I can encourage others who, like me, might be nervous about starting out on their running journey, joining a club or entering an event; because I guarantee you’ll love it, meet some fantastic people, and I hope that it can bring you as much joy as running does for me every day!


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