Try the Great South Run or the smaller event to get going

SUPER SLIMMER Darin McCloud
SUPER SLIMMER Darin McCloud
General manager at the Royal Maritime Club in Portsmouth, 

John Alderson, pictured when the club's two historical visitors books were returned

Theft charge dismissed as mystery of stolen books signed by Queen Victoria goes on

0
Have your say

THE Great South Run – the world’s premier 10-mile race and it’s on our doorstep.

This was the first race I ever ran, so it has an even more special place in my heart.

This year will be my third year of entry, and I plan to run it every year for the rest of my life.

Last year I ran with long- term injuries and had to walk the last four miles.

I finished two minutes and 20 seconds slower than my first run.

I am now injury-free and enjoying a new lease of running life.

I am now training for this year’s race with excitement that I can achieve the goals I set out at the start of the year for the GSR – to run injury-free, to be at my lowest weight ever (work in progress on that one) and to run in under two hours.

Two weeks ago I got signed off from the hospital for one of my two co-morbidities –sleep apnoea – which shows that by changing your lifestyle and exercising ( for me, running and road cycling) and having a little patience you can regain your life.

Being in control of my life is just amazing, I have done so many amazing things since I started my journey that otherwise I would not be capable of.

My attitude to exercise was so different three years ago – I never thought I would run round the block, let alone along the seafront – so anyone can do it.

The great thing now is that the GSR is a weekend event and has a 5k (three-mile) run on the Saturday, so why not give it a go?

It’s great fun. You won’t be alone and the best bit is you get to feel better.

It’s on our doorstep, take advantage of a great event or come and watch the race – the vibe is amazing.