Given our faculty includes the areas of health and education, it’s no surprise that our students are caring, community-minded people. We’re particularly touched though when we heard about three Midwifery students who decided to take on the challenge of running the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k at the end of May. The first year students Nicola Houlton, Alice Davies and Jasmine Toynton completed the run alongside 125 others people from the university.
Their reasons why
Nicola explained: “We decided to undertake the challenge for two reasons – to push ourselves and to raise money for charity. The charity we ran the 10K for is the Prospect Hospice based in Wroughton, Swindon. It’s a charity that is local to my grandparents and they support people and their families with palliative care, help and support.
“It is a charity that is very close to my heart because they looked after my Nan when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the heart on Christmas Eve last year until she passed away recently. They do amazing work and the people are so lovely and we couldn't have asked for better care for her.”
They took the run seriously and put in the necessary training. Jasmine said: “We started training in the gym three to four times a week and improving our diets. At home, we ran around our local areas when we didn’t have access to a gym. As we’ve all been on placement for the last four weeks, we found it increasingly difficult to train due to working 13 hour shifts, four to five times a week, so it’s been a real challenge for us.
“We were both nervous and excited at the start of the run but the atmosphere was awesome and there were a lot of supporters along the way egging us on. It was very motivating and kept us going, especially at the points when we were struggling.
“All of our families were there at the end to watch us come over the finishing line and support us. It was an amazing feeling to run over that finishing line. The following day, our joints felt a little sore, but we were happy to have completed it.”
Nicola said: “For me personally, my motivation to keep going when times were hard was thinking of my Nan and doing it for her.”
BCU Sport, who co-ordinate the university's mass entry to the 10k race, had organised for staff and students from our Sports Therapy degree to be on hand at the end to offer therapy massages and advice to the runners too.
As well as successfully completing the run, Nicola, Alice and Jasmine also held a cake sale at our Open Day in March, and they have now exceeded their fundraising target of £300 on their JustGiving page!
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