With Christmas and New Year celebrations being so family orientated this is a great time for doing something to help those less fortunate than ourselves. That was the thought process that got a self confessed non-sporty student, Chloe Chan, to volunteer to marshal at the 2016 Vitality Bath Half Marathon before progressing to running the 2017 event for her chosen charity.
Chloe, a 19-year-old second-year student at the University of Bath, is set to take part in her first half marathon on Sunday, 12 March: “Being an extremely non-sporty person, family and friends will know that participating in this 13.1-mile run is a huge milestone for me,” admits Chloe. “I am so looking forward to the race and hopefully, after my training, I will cross the finish line of my first half marathon with a big smile on my face.”
Chloe’s motivation for running what has become one of the most popular road racing events in the UK stems from her involvement in student volunteering. Since starting her second year of studies she has been become chair of the Bath Student Volunteering Team (V Team) and President of the Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society.
To celebrate Bath University’s 50th anniversary the V-Team will field 50 runners to raise money for the charity Cry in the Dark, which supports a Romanian hospice caring for orphans.
“Witnessing people from all walks of life and all ages complete the half marathon inspired me to maybe give it a go and do my first half marathon,” Chloe recalls. As she trains for the event herself, Chloe is certainly a great example of how you can achieve your dreams with a little determination and how you can help others along the way. Chloe’s target time for the race is 2:45 and her fundraising page is here.
General public entries for the 2017 Vitality Bath Half Marathon have sold out but anyone wishing to run can still do so for one of the official charities by visiting the race website or Facebook or #bathhalf on Twitter.