A BROMSGROVE runner due to undertake the Blood Cancer UK 10k race which was cancelled because of COVID-19 is still going to embark on her run to raise funds for the cause and she is hoping others will do the same.
Natalie Nokes, who went to school in the town and is a doctor at the Worcestershire Royal (soon to be redeployed to NHS Nightingale Birmingham at the NEC), was going to be one of hundreds lining-up in the fun run on May 10.
Now Natalie, as she does not live not far from the course, not only still intends to undertake the run in her own time but also hopes to beat her previous best. She managed last year’s run in 54mins, 53secs but wants to complete the course in under 54 minutes.
And, using mapping technology, she has offered to help those who were due to line up for the 10k course find an alternative route in their local area so they too can complete the distance for the cause and still raise the money they intended.
Natalie runs with local running groups Avoncroft Hurriers, Run Sanders, Run Catshill, Ryland Runners and Cofton Park Runners.
She said: “People are still being diagnosed with blood cancer but the funding from this event and also the Forget-Me-Not walk around Hanbury won’t be coming in this year.
“I have been trying to drum up personal sponsorship support.”
She is proposing that people run the route and record it in some way (Strava, Garmin, Map My Run or even on a stopwatch) and send a photo/screenshot to organiser Nicole Harris.
“I will then deliver the t-shirts and medals locally to them when lockdown is lifted – depending on supply.”
Anyone wanting to contact Natalie for help in organising a route can email her at email@example.com .