Introducing Our Full/Half Marathon Samaritans Fundraisers

Our team of runners and walkers have been putting in the training hours ready for our big Samaritans challenge which takes place on 3rd October.

Over a third of Wellworking’s staff members have agreed to run or walk either a full or half marathon in aid of our ‘Charity of the Year’.

All those taking part have 24-hours to complete their distance at whatever location they choose on that Sunday.

Here’s an introduction to some of those taking part:


Running a Full Marathon

Although fit, I’ve always classed myself as a ‘non-runner’ due to poorly knees and latterly, troubled heels, but a marathon is always something I’ve wanted to tick off.

The Virgin Virtual London Marathon was the inspiration for this Wellworking fundraiser and I was fortunate to get one of the official places.

Yes, it will undoubtedly be tortuous but I am fortunate to live by a number of large, green open spaces so my route will be scenic at least. 


Running a Half Marathon

I’ve never run for anything in my life – not even a bus!

Training is going well, now that I’m past the swollen ankles, shin splints, knee and calf pain. As someone who always hated the idea of running – I’m really enjoying it.

I’m lucky that I live in a semi-rural area of greater London and the grand union canal is a 5-minute walk away from my house. So, if the weather is good on the day, I hope to spend some of the time running along there.


Running a Half Marathon

I’ve started my training and it’s going ok so far. My dog Huxley is acting as my training partner and pace setter.


Walking a Half Marathon

I’m not a runner so the opportunity to take part still and walk the distance is great.

I already walk a fair bit but am trying to improve my general fitness this summer so the 13 miles doesn’t take all day!

I’m planning to walk through the stunning Scottish Borders countryside near where I live.


Walking a Half Marathon

My plan is to walk a section of the Southern Upland Way, a long distance path near where I live in the South of Scotland.

So far my training has consisted of some short walks for an evening out!

The challenge is in aid of Samaritans, a charity that works tirelessly to make sure there is always someone who will listen and never judge when people are going through tough times.

The last year has put a strain on all our mental health so we felt it was a fitting charity to lend our support to.

If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, and by doing so encourage our team, you can visit our JustGiving page.