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The HBAA Wolf runners are ramping in the training….. Well… that’s the plan anyway.  In just under 3 weeks we will be embarking on the WOLF run. A unique combination of off road running, mud trails and obstacle runs.  This is no ordinary 10k run; this is across raw natural terrain with open ground, woodlands, thick mud and not forgetting an open lake swim!

The feeling of running in a pack whilst testing your mental and physical strength, skills and stamina…..  Who wouldn’t want to spend their Sunday like this?

The feeling of achievement once completed, with the adrenalin running and an overwhelming sense of pride is just one reason why.

The other and more important reason is to raise awareness and funds for the HBAA charity Beyond Food. We are all giving up our Sunday, to get muddy, stinky, and sweaty and to push ourselves through horrendous obstacles for Beyond Food.

This is just one day out of our lives, 2 -3 hours maximum of feeling uncomfortable. We will be feeling tired, dirty and exhausted. But at the end of it, we get to get in our cars, drive home, have a hot bath, put on fresh clean clothes and sleep in a warm and comfy bed.  Not to mention I will be stuffing my face with Pizza as a treat! Then it will be business as usual on Monday. I expect we will all get up, shower, breakfast and head to work. With a few aches and pains and possibly some cuts and scrapes.

But life isn’t like this for everyone. 

Life isn’t like this if you are homeless. On average, homeless people die at just 47 years old. That’s just 12 years!

People sleeping on the street are almost 17 times more likely to have been victims of violence. More than one in three people sleeping rough have been deliberately hit or kicked or experienced some other form of violence whilst homeless.

Homeless people are over nine times more likely to take their own life than the general population. (Crisis.org.uk)

At Beyond Food, their mission is to eliminate this. To inspire people who are at risk of, or have experienced, homelessness to gain meaningful employment. To give people the skills to take control of their lives again.

That is why we are all gearing up to the 3rd September. We have whipped out the lycra and stepped up the training. Today was leg day for me…  Squats, glute bridges and lunges. You need powerful legs to get through the mud alone. Plus being just 5’3’ there are a number of obstacles that you need to climb over. Having strong hamstrings and glutes will be an added bonus for me!!

As a team, I know my fellow wolves will all push and pull and drag each other round!

Tomorrow will be more cardio. I will be spinning for 30 minutes followed by a 30 minute HIIT class. This will help get me through the running. (For the record … I hate running!) You don’t need to be the next Usain Bolt for this, but upping the cardio in the next couple of weeks will definitely help that’s for sure. Making sure I have enough energy to get me round the course.

Having completed the Wolf Run last year and raising money for Beyond Food, I was quick to support again.

It’s a fantastic day, a few hours of hard work, determination and endurance. The money raised through will change someone life forever.

Wish us luck!

 

Alison Makosz

HBAA Agent Member Representative

Group Head of Partner Relations, SilverDoor