BUPA Birmingham Half-Marathon…Physio 1st style!

Apr 28, 2013
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Several Physio 1st therapists and staff took part in last year’s half-marathon (13.1 miles) to  raise money for Acorn’s Children’s Hospice. After a lot of hard work in both training and fundraising, some very respectable times were achieved alongside a mammoth total of money raised!


Acorn’s Children’s Hospice provide excellent care and support for under-privileged and disabled children within the West Midlands region, and is a charity close to the heart of many members of staff here at Physio 1st. Each individual runner had a minimum target of £80 to raise, but were naturally encouraged to raise as much as possible with the overall aim to raise over £1000 collectively. To put things into perspective, it costs approximately £750 a day  to provide adequate care and support, so the more we raised, the better!


With several keen athletes in the team – and some who needed a lot of work! –  training was stepped up throughout the summer counting down to the big day. Naturally, the progression in training saw an increase in the moans and groans that we more accustomed to hearing from clients – blisters, sore back/hips/knees/feet; ironically, a few training injuries sidelined some of the therapists that were initially competing in the October race!


Filled with nerves and carbohydrates, we all arrived at the starting area on a crisp and misty Sunday morning. Despite being given different starting times depending on previous experience and running ability, it was pretty safe to say that all of us had wondered why we bothered to put ourselves through the pain of it all! There is, of course, always a motivating factor for these sorts of events. This varies according to the reason you are entering; for some of us it was to aim for an improved time than the last year, or to just hit a reasonable time For others, mainly myself, it was the challenge of completing an event that put us out of our physical and mental comfort zones; the one motivation we all had in common, however, was the task of raising money for a great cause and proudly supporting a local treasure.


13.1 miles and a few hours later, the race had been completed and we were all back in the warmth – everyone seemed happy with their times and thankfully there were no major injuries picked up other than general aches. To make things better, we smashed our fundraising target, raising a grand total of £1,613.74! A big thank-you must be given to not only the Physio 1st runners who took part, but to all those that helped sponsor us and donated to a truly great cause.


The times of the Physio 1st team were as follows:

Daniel Turner

Jessica Wilson

Kieran McMahon

Alex Jones

Emily Beckett

Steph Taylor

Becky Nicholson