37 days to go – where has the time gone? This time next month we will only have a handful of sessions left before the big day. And what a day it will be! Everyone is buzzing and looking forward to a sunny day in the capital. To be honest, I think everyone is also looking forward to the after party!!

The past few weeks have been fantastic and there has been a real shift in training. Our lovely Kirsty Byers managed her first 9 miles – through Linn Park, Newlands and back to sunny Cathcart. Well done KB – brilliant effort, 11 miles next Saturday?

Will Allan finally got his priorities straight and returned to training after moving house! After a few weeks off, it can be difficult to get back in the groove; however Will pushed himself on Saturday and completed a 7.5 mile route. He even had time to act the good Samaritan and help a Dundee United Supporter who thought he was in Dundee rather than the South Side of Glasgow - great to see you back in the game Will!!

The rest of us have spurred each other on and successfully completed 6 x 10K over 6 days. This team spirit has clearly been infectious as INCo Harriers welcomed a new recruit - Friederike During. Similar to us Harriers, Frieda loves a good run and despite usually running herself, she jumped on the INCo bandwagon and loved her first session. Frieda’s company has become a regular occurrence now and although she cannot make the Edinburgh Half Marathon in May, she is very much up for the next challenge – go Frieda!

Everyone is completely raring to go and our charities have been great. Between Gwen Mosson from Cancer Support Scotland popping into our office with vests to don on the day, encouraging words from Emma Connor from MacMillan Cancer Support and a lovely letter from Lucy, Director of Fundraising from Sarcoma UK – the INCo Harriers are feeling the spirit and are determined to raise as much money as possible for these fantastic organisations

Go Team INCo!!!

Now it’s not fair for me to do all the talking, so as with our previous posts, I’d like to introduce you to another one of the INCo Harriers! Team Leader Gavin Sutherland is in the spotlight this week, telling us all why he’s undertaking the half marathon – it’s definitely not because I forced him to!

I have been with INCo for almost 2 years and a Team Leader for the last year. I work across various campaigns whilst working with my amazing team each day.

At the start of the year I was setting my yearly goals and running a race was one of them. I ran the Glasgow half marathon a few years ago and I had not done myself justice with my performance so I had a desire to do a race again. When Louise said that the INCo Harriers were doing the Edinburgh Half Marathon I thought it seemed like a good idea. Fitting in my training around my current commitments has been tough but with longer daylight hours I have much more opportunity to get out and start clocking up the miles. I did a few runs a week or so ago and surprised myself at my fitness levels so I am optimistic of doing myself justice this time.  

With only 5 weeks till the race there is a definite feeling of pressure – time to get the running shoes back on! I’ve even got my kids asking me now, “when are you going out running Daddy?” Probably so they can watch the TV instead of me hogging the remote!

The charities we have chosen (Cancer Support Scotland, Macmillan Cancer Support and Sarcoma UK) are very deserving and running to raise money for them is inspirational. Bring it on. I welcome the chase!

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