I only started running a few years ago through my daughters persuading me that it was a good alternative to the other activities I participated in like cycling, tennis and netball.

I wouldn’t say I found it easy and remember one of my daughters practically jogging round the Parkrun 5k course with me on Wimbledon Common.

However, never one to give up, I persevered, and gradually the 5k race became easier and I nervously stepped into my first 10k race with RunThrough and made it round without stopping!

Runner Feature - Caroline Lee RunThrough Running Club London

From there I have never looked back and ventured into half marathons.

As we went into lockdown in March 2021, I promised myself two things:

1. To run a half marathon every month whether organised (live or virtual)
2. To be more involved in helping those struggling with food poverty through volunteering with the Dons Local Action Group

Runner Feature - Caroline Lee RunThrough Running Club London

I feel very proud of having achieved both over the past 15 months and RunThrough has played a huge part in helping me along the way, having met likeminded people and a real sense of community spirit in both my promises.

My commitment to both remains steadfast, in running, I have achieved some PB’s (June 21 – last on RHS as facing in group picture plus with the womble!) and in volunteering I was very proud to receive this certificate from the Mayor of Merton.

So what next !!!! …

Tackling a marathon is for 2022 and perhaps stepping into triathlon…if I can improved my swimming and continuing to work for Dons Local Action Group to make a difference in keeping those in need our community fed, connected and supported