"In 2010 I relocated to Bath for a new job in the world of luxury hotels. I didn’t know anyone in the city, or in the county for that matter, and had only visited Bath once before and that was for the interview. 

Jump forward to 8:30am on a damp Sunday morning in early March 2017. I’m sporting my bright turquoise KIDS running vest and meeting up with an energised, yet rather anxious, group of banana-eating strangers.  For what purpose?  To run the Bath Half Marathon of course! Yes, all 13.1 miles of it.  And our common goal?  To fundraise for a charity that, for our own individual reasons, means a lot to us.

When I moved to a new city, a great way to meet people and to give back to the new community that I had joined, was to volunteer.  I had not heard of KIDS before but after some internet research about local charities, seeing the work that KIDS does and the impact they have on the lives of young people and their families, I wanted to be part of it. I joined Bath Saturday KIDS Club as a Play Volunteer and that was the start of my involvement with Team KIDS.

That was 6 years ago and Team KIDS have been amazing at encouraging involvement in more than just Saturday Club.

Taking on my first fundraising challenge was a little daunting. Yes it was my local half marathon but would I make it round all 13.1 miles?  Would I raise enough money?  Would I feel alone in an isolated world of painful feet and aching muscles?  I shouldn’t  have worried.  Team KIDS were there to support, from the encouraging emails prior to the big day, the warm team welcome on the morning of the race, the KIDS branded cheer points dotted around the route and the celebratory glass of bubbly at the end. 

Naturally there is a sense of personal achievement when you cross the finish line but to be able to share in the celebrations of your fellow KIDS runners as well certainly adds to the sense of triumph!

And so to the Bristol 10K challenge in early May, some familiar faces returning to either run or support and some new faces taking up the challenge!  Another fantastic Team KIDS effort delivering much needed fundraising alongside an ego boost for all the participants. Personal best or simply the completion of the course - it’s the taking part that counts.

The Bristol Half Marathon is in September.  Will I be there? You bet! Why? Because I’ll have the support of Team KIDS and new friends that I have made through my involvement in the charity. And if you’re thinking “I could never run 13.1 miles” then maybe think again. I didn’t think I could, but Team KIDS will be there every step of the way with you.

And who wouldn’t want to keep donning the KIDS vest, the trainers and participating in the new challenges?  My vest is covered in Saturday Club decorated sparkles!!"