We are a pack of 17 women running the Winter Wolf Run on Sunday 3rd November to raise money for two causes: the mental health charity MIND and the Women in Power (WiP) Bursary Fund. Please read our full story and donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/wip-wolf-run
Today we hear from Kate who tells us what she needs from us and the group:
‘I think training will be tough, and I’m going to need the encouragement and energy of the group.’
We raise money annually for the WiP Bursary Fund but this year is different; we are running and fundraising in honour of our sister and friend, Jayne Blackman, who died by suicide in 2018. We want to double our fundraising so that we can give to both organisations.
Taking on the Winter Wolf Run is no small feat. Each woman running is doing so for their own personal reasons as well as for our collective goal. We range in age from 5 decades, from different walks of life and represent the power of communal action.
When I heard the call to run with the wolves again, I just couldn’t resist! I love the whole energy of the day – the mud (of course), the endurance, the support, the fun, the doing it ‘together’, and the absolute pride of being able to run with such fabulous women.
Recalling my two previous runs, I remember our faces – my daughter, my friends, my pack, and I remember Jayne. She was a gentle but determined force that pushed forward, and we helped each other in our doubts before and during the run. We laughed together when her leggings wouldn’t stay up and she yanked them up, tied a knot, and ran ahead with such intent that I struggled to keep up. What a woman!
Each day, we run alongside people, and they run alongside us, only seeing or believing what’s on the surface. But each and every one of us has some much deeper, internal struggle. I want this to be something we talk about as freely as our physical pains – something we listen for and reach out to, as easily as we do to a broken limb. So I am glad to be running to support MIND.
I’m feeling tired, deep in my bones, and can’t imagine doing the course. I think training will be tough and I’m going to need the encouragement and energy of the group. I’m not a natural runner, but I know there’s a 10K in here somewhere, especially as the obstacles will be there for some brief interludes!
Please donate here https://www.gofundme.com/f/wip-wolf-run and give what you can. For each donation, big or small, we thank you so much for helping us achieve our goal and giving back to organisations creating positive change in the world.