2020 has been a difficult year for us all where we’ve spent long periods of time cut off from family, friends, teammates, training and the activities we love.
However despite the difficulties this year has presented for everyone, the UKCA team has been immensely inspired by the many positive stories we’ve seen from people all over the world, inside and outside of the Cheerleading community and we think it’s time to shine a light on those inspiring stories!
North East UKCA coach Anna Melling decided to use lockdown as an opportunity to do something positive that she never thought she could manage – run 200 Kilometres! Anna said,
“Not being a natural runner, running is something I have always avoided, but not being able to teach in-person classes made me more determined to achieve something, push myself outside my comfort zone and why not raise some money whilst doing it!
I signed up to the Great North Run Solo and between 29th June – 13th Sept committed to complete 40 runs and set myself a personal goal of 200K, this target also helped me raise funds for my chosen charity the Alzheimer’s Society”.
On 13th September Anna completed her 40th run and had run a total of 202k.
“I’m incredibly proud of my achievement, and although it was the most physically intense thing I’ve ever done I’m so pleased I took this opportunity for personal growth. I used the Couch to 5k app before signing up for the run and want others to know you can absolutely do anything you set your mind to, I couldn’t run for a bus! Now look at me go!”
Anna raised a total of £364 for The Alzheimer’s Society.
We’d like to say a huge well done to Anna on her amazing, inspiring achievement! We are proud of you!
What special personal accomplishments have you reached over the COVID-19 period? We want to hear from you and celebrate your victories!
Share your journeys, achievements, victories and stories that have kept you going this year with us on social media using #UKCA or email them to us at [email protected].