Generous jogger runs five races for charity
AN enthusiastic jogger is getting ready to wear out her trainers by running five races for charity this year.
Buddie Nichola Shearer has signed up to Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s Big 5 Challenge.
The charity is looking for teams of five people to do a race each – but Nichola, 29, has decided to run five herself.
She starts with the Inverness Half Marathon on March 14, then the Glasgow Women’s 10k and Edinburgh Half Marathon in May, the Glasgow Half Marathon in September and to top it all off, the Loch Ness Marathon in October.
Nichola admitted: “I’m nervous, it is quite daunting.
“The first race is the Inverness Half Marathon in March and I’m looking forward to kicking it all off.”
Nichola has never run a marathon before so is looking forward to the challenge in October.
She runs with Jogging Buddies on a Monday at Gleniffer High School, with other runners from her group on Thursdays and also goes for long runs at the weekend.
At the moment, she’s running between 25 and 35 miles a week which she hopes will be good enough to keep her going.
“I’ve been running for about four years and have done the Women’s 10k in Glasgow the last two years.
“Last year I decided to run for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and they were fantastic. They gave me a lot of support and sent through T-shirts and a lot of information about the charity.
“They also phoned me before the race and afterwards to see how I’d got on.
“This year, because I’m hitting 30 in April, I decided to do something different.
“When Breakthrough Breast Cancer got in touch to tell me about their Big 5 Challenge, I thought I could do it myself.”
She added: “I’m going to take each race as it comes and am doing well with my training.
“The girls in Jogging Buddies have been great, they’ve given me a lot of support and tips.
“A lot of them have done the Loch Ness Marathon so they’re all telling me what to expect.”
Nichola signed up for the challenge last December and has been in training ever since.
“I tried to go out over the winter but ended up like Bambi and slipping around a lot!
“I had to train indoors which was a bit of a drag but I kept going with it.”
She added: “I love running it’s an absolute buzz.
“When I went through the line at my first Women’s 10k it felt amazing.
“I would never say I was a competitive person unless I’m running. But the only person I’m competing against is myself, I always want to go faster.
“I run most of the week but it never feels like a chore. You just get your kit and your iPod on and you’re off.”
Nichola, who lives on Turners Avenue, Paisley, is a former St Peter’s Primary and St Andrew’s Academy pupil.
She now works for Young Enterprise Glasgow, helping young people aged between 14 and 19 learn employability and entrepreneurial skills.
A website – www.justgiving.com/breakthroughbig5challengenichola – has so far raised over £100 and Nichola is hoping to coin in more as she runs each of the races between now and October.
She added: “My family and friends have been amazing. My sister, Vicky, 26, is an absolute gem.
“She’s offered to drive me up to Inverness and stay overnight with me and drive back after the race.
“My parents, June and Adam, have also been really supportive too. I’m really lucky to have the friends and family that I do.”