Novice runner Adele gets ready to go the distance

Adele Reed goes for a run with personal trainer Liam Butt.  Picture: Sarah Standing (121233-8587)
Adele Reed goes for a run with personal trainer Liam Butt. Picture: Sarah Standing (121233-8587)
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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If there’s one thing Adele Reed really loathes, it’s running.

Yet by the time September comes she will have pounded her way through nine running events, covering an impressive combined distance of more than 90 miles.

As far as fitness challenges go, she couldn’t have picked a tougher one.

But knowing it’s in aid of a good cause is helping her put one foot in front of the other. And seeing her own fitness levels improve also feels like a reward in itself.

‘I hate running,’ she laughs. ‘It’s not my thing to do, for me to run is stupid.

‘But knowing what the specific goals are keeps you focused.

‘At the end of the day, I know why I’m doing it and I’ve got more energy.’

The 43-year-old, from Portchester, is raising money for Aerobility, a charity that teaches disabled people to fly planes.

Adele works as a software engineer for NATS, the air traffic control centre in Swanwick.

The company aims to raise £100,000 for Aerobility this year and when Adele heard about the charity’s work she decided to do her bit.

Aerobility is celebrating its ninth birthday and that’s where her nine events covering 90 miles theme came from.

She’s already completed four events, including the Chichester 10k and a 10-miler in Salisbury.

Her first run saw her get stuck in to the Lordshill Resolution Run – a challenging 5k.

‘That was in January and it was supposed to be like a commitment to get fit, an opportunity to get people together in the new year.

‘But it was cross-country and it was pretty tough,’ she remembers.

‘I thought it would be a relaxed way to start but it was really tough.’

In May she’ll tackle the 13 mile Three Forts in Worthing, followed by the 25k Quick Silver run in California.

In June she’ll take part in her first-ever marathon in north Devon, followed by the 31 mile Dorset Doddle in August.

Her ninth race was going to be a 51k run in Wiltshire but the event is no longer running and she’s currently searching for a replacement of a similar distance.

Committing to the challenge has also meant making a commitment to get fit and Adele now works out at the David Lloyd Gym at Port Solent four or five times a week.

Personal trainer Liam Butt helps her improve her cardiovascular fitness while the gym’s Phil Standen concentrates on her running.

‘When you talk to people and find out what they get out of running and how it helps them keep their weight down I think I’d like to keep it up,’ she adds. ‘I’d definitely like to do the Great South Run again.’

Anyone who wants to support Adele can log on to justgiving.com/Big-9Obility