When my old friend Marc put out a message on Facebook for people to join him in September 2016 for the Great North Run I jumped at the chance. It was a great opportunity to get back in touch with a good friend from school, but also to help him raise money and awareness for a cause which is close to his heart as Marc’s fiancée was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 11 years ago.
I love running and cycling and although I have only been running for a few years, I've been cycling for a lot longer. I wanted to do an event which combined the two, so the Descente London Duathlon (a 10km run, 44km bike ride and a 5km run) seemed perfect! I thought it would give Marc a new challenge as he hadn't been on his bike for a good few years!
During training, we did some long runs in the week and then we were able to do a long bike ride on a Sunday and run afterwards, which helped us get used to running off the bike. It was strange at first, with your legs wanting to go in the opposite direction!
I loved the Duathlon, such a great event and I will be looking to do it again at some point in the near future. I think for me the last 5k was the hardest and just seemed like the longest run ever!
Richmond Park in London was a lovely place for the event, with some challenging hills both up and down on the bike. It was also a great opportunity to raise money and awareness.