Run Reigate: the WHY behind our runners

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This time every year we particularly feel the love, as our supporters sign up to Run Reigate for Stripey Stork. They put their determination into action and join our orange army of Team Stork runners, united in their mission to raise funds to support our work all year round. We welcome them all – from our volunteers, young supporters, charity partners, service users, or members of the general public keen to help – as they join forces to make this our biggest fundraiser of the year. In this blog, we delve deeper into what motivates them to click that ‘Sign-up’ button.

Perhaps their stories will stir similar feelings in yourself? We are currently signing up runners (up until 30th June) and want you to be in on the action. Let us be the wind beneath your wing, the spring in your step, the incentive you need to get you over the finishing line. See link for more details on how to join us or email [email protected] to find out more.

Meet Trustee Lynn and her family, all doing the miles for Stripey Stork

Q1. Have you done Run Reigate before?

We’re all new to Run Reigate this year but have been supporters in previous years and it looks like great fun.

Q2. What has inspired you to take part this year and why are you supporting Stripey Stork?

We’ve been proud to help Stripey Stork since our daughter was born in 2013 when we realised how quickly children grow out of their clothes and equipment, and that they have lots of wear left in them that other families can benefit from. Over the years we’ve supported Stripey Stork in various ways, from me volunteering at the warehouse with baby Nathan sleeping in his car seat, to my husband Jon taking part in his company’s support for the charity. More recently I was delighted to become part of the Stripey Stork Trustee Team last year, using my HR skills to support them.

Q3. How are you feeling about it? How is training going? Are you an experienced runner, or new to it?

We’ve both taken to running at various points over the years but like many people, during lockdown we’ve used running to help balance the juggle of home working and home schooling. Our daughter Bethany has recently completed a sports challenge for her Beaver’s badge and enjoyed exercising with us and inspired by her cousins, decided to take part in Run Reigate as well this year.

Q4. Any favourite running songs, training routes or tips for other runners?

Jon’s feeling a bit nervous that his training has gone a bit slow recently due to a busy time at work, but his best tip is to have Bethany being a strong task master as she won’t let him fall behind!

Q5. Are you hoping to complete it in a certain time?

We’ll all be delighted to cross the finish line regardless of our time, and hit our target on our fundraising page!

Meet Megan – a dedicated volunteer whose kids also love to get involved in all things stripey

Q1. Have you done Run Reigate before?

I took part in virtual Run Reigate last year and can’t wait to be part of the main event this year.

Q2. What has inspired you to take part this year and why are you supporting Stripey Stork?

My son has loved being part of Run Reigate over the last few years, particularly because he has been running for Stripey Stork. It’s not just the orange cap, although he and his brother wear theirs everywhere! They are really happy when people ask them what it’s all about and they can explain how Stripey Stork help people who are having a hard time. The team at Stripey Stork are brilliant at getting children engaged with fundraising activities. Run Reigate in particular is such a great way for children to really get involved and really feel part of the team.

Q3. How are you feeling about it? How is training going? Are you an experienced runner, or new to it?

I started running (more like nano jogging really) during the first lockdown – when I could find time. Not often given homeschooling and work commitments but when I made it out it really helped me clear my mind – and gave me a rare opportunity to listen to my own music (much as I love movie soundtracks, you can definitely have too much of a good thing!). I just about got through my 5k for virtual Run Reigate last year, helped by my son who ran the first and last sections with me and kept me going by talking incessantly (he tells me more during our short runs than he does during the whole of the previous week!).

This time I have signed up to do Run Reigate with a group of friends. I didn’t see running as a social thing before (and I wasn’t sure I could do it without music) but it’s been absolutely brilliant over the last few weeks – I really look forward to our runs and it’s an excellent test of whether we are running at a ‘conversational pace’!

Q4. Any favourite running songs, training routes or tips for other runners?

Not sure I have any tips but I can definitely confirm that running in wellies is not advisable – at least that’s why Donna and I like to think we couldn’t keep up with the awesome Richard Feist for one of his laps of Merstham cricket pitch when he ran the virtual London Marathon last year for Stripey Stork. It was so inspiring to see Richard chatting away to the many people who came to run with him, despite the thoroughly miserable weather.

Q5. Are you hoping to complete it in a certain time?

I’m just really looking forward to taking part, the time isn’t important to me. I don’t have anything like a marathon in me but the great thing about Run Reigate is that it’s so inclusive, as long as I finish then I’ll be happy.

Meet Jack from Oxted Classic Cars – charity partner extraordinaire

Jack (left) with Alec (Dad) and Stripey – a family business

Q1. Have you done Run Reigate before?
Never – really looking forward to giving it a go!

Q2. What has inspired you to take part this year and why are you supporting Stripey Stork?
I’m taking part this year as part of my marathon training. I was looking to do the Manchester Marathon in October but have since decided to push it back to next year and hope for a London spot. I support Stripey Stork with my business and absolutely love what they do, so it made sense to hopefully raise a few quid for them with running!

Q3. How are you feeling about it? How is training going? Are you an experienced runner, or new to it?
I’m brand new(ish) to running. My fiancé’s family are experienced runners but I only discovered it during the pandemic. There was a social media campaign last April where people were running 5km, donating £5 to NHS Charities Together and nominating 5 others to do it. My younger brother nominated me to do it and, with a lot of pain and suffering, I managed it! Never looked back since then and absolutely love it. Training has stalled slightly at the moment and I don’t think it’s any coincidence that this coincides with the opening of pubs. I’ll be back at it properly over the next couple of weeks!

Q4. Any favourite running songs, training routes or tips for other runners?
Chris Stapleton is always my go to when running. He’s got some bangers! Pretty lucky in that where I live has some nice running routes… particularly down to Hever Castle. It is bang on 10km there and back from my house!

Q5. Are you hoping to complete it in a certain time?
I’m going for a half marathon and would love to do it in under 2 hours!

Thank you to all the Team Stork runners who were part of this blog and we wish you well with the rest of your training. See you on the day!  

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