I Tackled the Hackney Half for a fantastic Cause!
The full Impact team were supporting Boma in the Hackney Half
challenge and are so proud of his accomplishment and money raised
for such a fantastic cause. Take a read of his blog ...
After weeks of collecting money and putting off training till
the last minute, Sunday was finally here but with the race starting
5 minutes away from my house, laziness was always going to be a
factor. The excitement and energy met you as soon as you
entered the park as around 20,000 people were gathered at Hackney
Marshes for the Hackney Half with 11,000 of us taking part in the
race. The race started with a confetti gun shot by Richard Branson
himself and Hackney Half runners flooded the streets as did local
residents who came to support us with sweets and high fives to keep
us motivated and our spirits high.
Supporters ranged from family, friends and others and I soon
discovered their presence was invaluable. The ReachOut team set up
a point at mile 3.5 where they energetically cheered us on in the
early stages of the race. As the miles went on my calves started to
hurt my pace, and my energy began to drop. The support and cheering
on I received not only from friends but from strangers really made
the difference between how quickly I finished each mile, as soon as
someone cheered me on I'd get a boost of energy even though
physically I thought I was at my limit.
Sunday was a fantastic day for ReachOut as we were lucky to
enough to have over 20 runners take part and we raised well over
£10,000 in total! Our runners came from varying groups; former
mentees, corporate mentors and university students who all stepped
up and took part for ReachOut. Our runners also performed very well
in the race, our fastest running time being 1:33 and all our
runners finishing within 2:30! Taking into account my poor
preparation I was very pleased with my time of 2:10!
The most important achievement is that collectively we raised
a lot of money for some truly amazing causes including the
'Hackney's Winter Night Shelter' and the Halley House School
parents who ran to raise money for playground equipment for the
primary school. I ran for ReachOut because I agree with their
ethos that with right amount of support every young person can
succeed and meet their true potential; most mentees at the ReachOut
mentoring program are from disadvantaged communities and low income
families. As a former mentee at ReachOut, attending the program
allowed me to take part in the NCS, get valuable work experience
and spend a lot of time around inspirational role models. The
money from very generous donations from everyone at IMPACT plus
family and friends will go to providing more young people with
consistent, effective and structured mentoring to give them the
opportunity to succeed and have bright and positive futures.
ReachOut is now also closer to their goal of being able to
double the amount of young people they work with next year!
I'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone who
contributed and bring on the 2018 Hackney Half!