Meet Carrie, who’s taking on the Hull 10k this year with her puplis and staff from Hull Collegiate School!

Why are you running for Candlelighters? I’m running with a team of staff and pupils in memory of Hope Rooms who was a pupil at Hull Collegiate School. Hope sadly lost her battle with cancer in 2016. Candlelighters were a huge support to Hope and her family and we have continued to do our fundraising in her memory.

Have you done a running event before? Yes, I’ve entered the Hull 10k 5 times and the Great North Run 3 times.

What are you most excited/ nervous about? I’m most nervous about not being fit enough on the day. I’m excited to just be part of a fantastic event, the atmosphere is amazing and even though I may not be at my fittest, the support from the crowd will get me round! I’m looking forward to running with my colleagues and pupils from school who are all mixed abilities including a few very competitive members of staff.

What fundraising plans do you have?We have a JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hoperooms with a target of £2000. This will be advertised through our school community and on social media.

What is your top tip for other runners? Start training as soon as you can, you’ll enjoy the event more if you’re prepared. The main thing is to just enjoy yourself – you’ll feel so proud of yourself at the end, it’s an achievement for every runner. Drinks loads of water 3 days before, it can be a hot day so the more hydrated your are, the better.

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