A Bromley woman combined fitness and fundraising running her second half-marathon for CAFOD.
Dawn Peters, from Kingswood Road, Bromley, completed the Great North Run from Newcastle to South Shields in around 3 hours. The 35-year-old, who has also run the Reading Half-Marathon earlier in the year, decided to run to lose weight, but also chose CAFOD after hearing about the Catholic aid agency’s work. She has committed to doing more in the future to support CAFOD after a wonderful experience on Tyneside.
She said: “It’s been a fantastic experience. The atmosphere was the best. Not just the race, but all around – the North East is very friendly. It’s strengthened my resolve to do more for CAFOD. It’s also good for my fitness, because the bigger runs give you more encouragement. I never used to run even a kilometre.”
Dawn works as an auditor for international organisations in the same field as CAFOD, but has never worked with them directly, although she was involved in social justice work through the Catholic church in the townships in South Africa when she was growing up.
This year, to celebrate its 50th anniversary, CAFOD had 50 runners taking part in the Great North Run, aiming to collect more than £10,000 in sponsorship between them.
CAFOD Director Chris Bain said: “We’ve had a summer of amazing athletic achievement and CAFOD appreciates the efforts of all our runners. It’s wonderful that 50 people are prepared to put themselves out to train for and then run more than 13 miles to raise funds and awareness for CAFOD, whatever their level. We truly thank them for their sacrifice and dedication.”
There was a strong Olympic connection among the athletes taking part and Team GB representatives Mo Farah, Kat Copeland, Nicola Adams, Ellie Simmonds and Greg Rutherford – all medallists from the Olympics and Paralympics – were the race’s honorary starters.
Meanwhile, Olympic torchbearer John McBride ran the last mile of the race barefoot for the fifth consecutive year for CAFOD, in solidarity with those who can’t take having a pair of shoes for granted. John was joined for the first time by his 21-year-old daughter Lisa, inspired by two trips her Dad has made to the Korogocho slum in Kenya, most recently in June to present St John’s Sports Society in Korogocho with the Olympic torch he carried on June 16. Fittingly a Kenyan – Wilson Kipsang – won the men’s race, while his countrywoman – Edna Kiplagat – came second in the women’s race.
For more information contact Ged Naughton at CAFOD on 020 7095 5457, 07739 170 494 or firstname.lastname@example.org.