Step up: tackling the Cambridge Half

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Faculty: Science and Engineering
School: Psychology and Sport Science
Course: BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
Category: Sport

27 November 2019

As a Sport and Exercise Science student, my main sport is hockey, which I play at uni and for my home club. I also run in my spare time – and this year I'm stepping it up a bit, by taking part in the Cambridge Half Marathon 2020.

On Mondays, I lead the Cambridge Campus Sport jogging group, and that's what made me decide to enter. I think it will be a great experience. I have been told by many that they enjoyed it so much and that the atmosphere is amazing. I also wanted to sign up as a challenge to myself, a little goal to work towards and persevere with.

I think running with a group is great. There is an amazing social aspect where you can make many friends and it is definitely more enjoyable and feels a lot easier, too. Running on my own is mainly just casual as a bit of background fitness to support my hockey, but also acts as a great stress reliever. My main focus is to get more people enjoying and involved in running (and hopefully encouraging some to sign up for the Cambridge Half Marathon with me in March).

Erren Ampleford

As this will be my first half marathon I am nervous but also excited. It’s great to train with others that are also taking on this challenge. I have joined the ARU Runners Strava group, which brings together runners from across the Anglia Ruskin University community. It is a nice way to encourage and motivate others as well as keeping track of my own progress.

I think that running the Cambridge Half with ARU will have a bit more of a sense of a community: whilst running the course, there will be lots of people to support you.

And if you're interested? Signing up is so easy. Just go to Helmore Gym in Cambridge (or Mildmay in Chelmsford) and ask to sign up for the Cambridge Half Marathon – they will guide you on your next steps. Your family and friends can sign up now to run alongside you.

If you’d like to join us at jogging group, meet at Helmore Gym at 5pm on Mondays. It doesn’t matter if you’re training for the half marathon or not, everyone is welcome.

By Erren Ampleford

The Cambridge Half is our local marathon, and we're proud to be one of its sponsors. If you're already signed up, read what our sports and exercise experts have to say about getting the most out of your training.


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