This is Rob, one of the Trustees for Somewhere House Somerset. In a few hours time, I will be taking part in the Great Bristol Run. 21.1km or 13.1miles

What started as “something needs to change” during the last Covid Lockdown, has now become way way more than that and a big part of my life. 18 months ago, I could barely run 200metres…and now today I will attempt a rather longer distance.

I have trained so hard, sometimes too much. A few niggling injuries along the way but overall, hopefully I am ready.

Then there is this wonderful charity that I am lucky to be a part of. All funds raised, to date around £2000 (plus gift aid) will go to supporting children and young people in our community. If you haven’t yet sponsored me, there is still time! Click here

Along the way I have been touched by all the support for this. Those closest to me know it’s a big deal for personal reasons – overcoming addiction, a serious knee injury and more. I have been interviewed for newspapers, been on BBC radio and even on the website. Thank you to everyone who has publicised and for those closest to me, for putting up with me!

I have been asked a number of times recently, what is the game plan? It’s really very simple. Don’t go off to quickly. Following that and all being well,. I intend to run as hard as my body will allow me to, for as long as it will allow me to. I am fully expecting challenges both physically and mentally. That is what I signed up for…but above all I intend to enjoy and savour every single minute of it.

If you are wanting to come support this great event – I am in the Pink Wave, setting off around 10.50 and my race number is 11043, should you want to track me on the Great Run App

Plans for the future? If all goes to plan…did someone say the London Marathon?

Rob x