I Found A Way to run for whales

Competitors at the City2Surf run.I first started running in 2005, during my studies for my masters in Marine Mammal Science while living in North Wales, UK.

In fact, I’m not sure that it could really be described as running in those days, as I was barely able to jog a few hundred metres before collapsing in a heap!

Despite a rocky start I persevered, as I found running outside with such beautiful views to be a great way of getting away from the stresses of studying.

About 6 months later, I took part in my first 5km fun run and since then I’ve been hooked. I go for regular training runs around 3 times a week and since moving to Sydney I’ve found this a lot easier as I now never have to contend with hail, snow or ice!

Personally, I’ve always found it easier to keep motivated to go running if I have a goal on the horizon, so I try to take part in a fun run or race every few months.

This year I decided to enter City2Surf as one of IFAW’s Gold Charity runners, so I’ve found a way of combining my love for running with fundraising for IFAW’s essential work to save animals all over the world.

City2Surf is an iconic Sydney race, which starts in the city and then takes in a couple of bays before hitting ‘Heartbreak Hill’; a 2km uphill stretch with a reputation for pain.

After getting past this agonising hill, you then run towards Bondi Beach where the finish line welcomes you with open arms…or so I’m told.

I have a great challenge ahead of me, as I’m now focusing on fundraising as well as endurance training!

For me, the knowledge that I’m raising essential funds for such a dedicated and inspirational organisation is far more motivating than obtaining a PB or my finishing position on the day.

With just over five weeks to go, my aim is raise $2000 for IFAW before the big day on 11 August 2013.

If you’d like to help out, you can visit my sponsorship page here or if you live in locally you could always come down on race day and show your support in the crowd!

--SL

Click here to support Sharon's efforts for the City2Surf Run!

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