Hear from Alice about why she's taking part in this years London 10k for the Friends of the Royal London Hospital...
Name: Alice Nicholas
Job Role: Student of Heritage Management (MA) at Queen Mary University London
Running for: Friends of The Royal London Hospital (Whitechapel)
What inspired you to run for the Hospital Friends?
I ran my first official race before the lockdown in March 2020, it was so much fun I had a great time and was ready to enter many more races. However, coronavirus and the lockdown cancelled all the upcoming races, so when I heard about the Asics London 10k and the opportunity to run for the Friends of the Royal London Hospital I jumped at the chance to join in. The last 15 months has also shown us how valuable health care and patient care is, and the Hospital Friends are raising vital funds to support patients and aid them in recovery. So, raising money and awareness of this charity is so important.
What are your goals in taking part in the Asics London 10k.?
I am not the fastest runner, but I am working on getting faster. I hope to get a personal best and get a time under 1hour 10 mins, but as this will be the first race after lockdown just completing it will be an achievement too.
Tell us something personal about what running means for you?
Running is good not only for my physical health but also my mental health. It is a chance to get away from my computer and studies, and get some fresh air listen to some good music or podcasts and only focus on running or let my mind wander. With all of my lectures and seminars online I have often felt cooped up in my flat, and so running has been a lifeline and a reason to get out during this time. Running is also a great way to explore your local area. Having recently moved to East London I’ve loved discovering the local parks and running routes along the canals.
If you would like to see who else is running, make sure to have a look at their running profiles, or if you would like to donate click here.
The Friends of the Royal London Hospital is a charity dedicated to improving hospital amenities for both patients and staff. It has links to the Residential Support Department at Queen Mary University and is also connected to Queen Mary medical students, who complete some of their course at the Royal London Hospital.
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