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Derby 10k Training - Part 8

5 March 2017

east-midlands-air-ambulanceThe preparations for running the Derby 10k on April 9th continue, as Team Eurocell raise money for East Midlands Air Ambulance.

Dave Leighton-BerryNumber 8 - Dave Leighton-Berry, National Training Co-ordinator. Expected finish time - 60 minutes

So, with less than a week to go before the “Big Day” of the Derby 10K and after a little coercion, I’ve decided to get on board with the blogs.

So how to start this one off? Well the truth is always a great place to begin I’ve been told, so here goes... many of you may gasp at what I’m about to confess, but I’ve not always been a fat bloke with a dodgy ginger beard!... I know, hard to believe isn’t it?!

In fact, during my teens and early twenties, the rugby pitch, running events, epic cycle rides and the gym were a common place to find this aspiring young, erm… well God only knows what I truly wanted to be back then, but the fact was that fitness was something that I enjoyed and that I did well!

After leaving college and following the celebrations of the turn of the millennium, I decided that a career in the military would be right up my street… I was going to get paid to do all the things that I loved, wahooo!

So after a fair few year in the military and even 2 ½ as a training instructor, on everything from obstacle courses to the 22 mile advanced combat fitness test, I was as fit as a butchers dog (or maybe even fitter)!

In late 2007 I left the military in anticipation of the birth of my daughter Isabelle and had all intentions of keeping up a rigorous fitness regime. However, having these aspiration and keeping to them are two totally different stories (for me anyway), so without making all of the usual excuses, here I am, with 9 years of civilian life, regular intakes of Chinese food, cake, alcohol and other edible misgivings under my ever tightening belt, without the familiar and necessary structure of physical exercise needed to keep the piling pound at bay!

However, the last few years have seen a change to this behaviour. Every year, a group of friends and colleagues from Eurocell have got together to do a challenge, seeing two X-Runners and two Tough Mudders completed as well as many many miles on foot around different areas of the UK.

These challenges have helped me, giving a purpose for trimming down and increasing my fitness levels once again, as well as building on some great friendships and making some new ones along the way.

So when the guys in marketing asked if I’d do the Derby 10K, I thought “yeah, why the hell not?”, another physical target for me to reach, another team challenge for me to support, another chance to build on the friendships I have with people whose company I enjoy, but I don’t know other than when we’re talking about the daily priorities of Eurocell.

So while I might not be the 12 stone mile muncher that I used to be, I love a challenge, I love getting together as a team to achieve something and I love to see the friendships that come out of the back of these events.

It may only be short distance out of all the journeys that we have ever taken, it may only be an hour in the expanses of our lives, but each and every one of us have our own struggles and trials, our own concern and fears for the challenges ahead and the our own hopes and expectations for how it will all turn out. But for now, getting back on the wagon and burning off those unnecessary Christmas mince pies and Easter Eggs together as a team is my main focus, and doing it as a team makes it much less of a daunting chore and more of an exciting ambition.

"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." -Henry Ford

If you missed them you can catch up on all our training updates here.

east-midlands-air-ambulanceThe Derby 10k takes place on April 9th and all proceeds raised by Eurocell go directly to East Midlands Air Ambulance.

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