C25K - since Graduation

C25K - since Graduation

Hi Everyone, its been an absolute age since I posted on here, probably when I was in about week 6 or 7 of the program.

I finished C25K I think in October 2014, between then and last Christmas I was fairly regularly running parkruns in varying times, and generally enjoying myself.

Then last July, having not run further than 3.6 miles ever, I challenged myself to enter the Lutterworth 5 mile race. I managed to get round in what I still consider my finest achievement, and completed the course in 52 minutes or so. Fantastic!

After this due to work and sore knees, I did almost nothing until Christmas when I discovered a local running club near me who were really great with slower/new runners and I joined them.

In the last two and a half months, I have entered and completed 2 six miles races, and a 7 miler. I am also completing at least one run a week of 5 miles. This to me is incredible from where I started, as I am completing these runs with no stops - just setting a steady pace and trying to be metronomic with it :)

But the biggest challenge, and most fun is yet to come! I have managed to secure a place in the Great North Run, albeit by the charity route for this September. I have always wanted to do this, watching it every year for at least the last twenty years, but never imagined I would be able to enter and hopefully complete it!!! I am SOOOOOO excited, and I get to raise some money for Guide Dogs, a charity I've admired since a kid.

I'm still overweight, and slow at 15 1/2 stone, but I am now an overweight, slow 15 1/2 stone person, who can run at a consistent pace for a hour and a quarter.

So its a MASSIVE thank you from me to the C25K scheme, Laura and everyone who posted along the way when I was posting my updates.

A note to anyone currently going through the C25K program, if *I* can do it, anyone can! Enjoy your running :)

Hugs for everyone,


(The pic is me finishing the Stilton 7 race a couple of weekends ago resplendent in my new club colours :) )

4 Replies

  • Those are great achievements, Derek. Well done and thanks for posting about your running story. I love reading about what other people are doing post-grad. Best of luck for the GNR :)

  • What an inspirational story! Wow...thank you for sharing:)

    Superb that you are raising money for charity, whilst really enjoying yourself ;)

    Heavy, yes as you say, but fit... and looking at your pikkie you are a tall, but big framed man anyway.

    Very well done..great to read your post! Keep us informed of your progress ?:)

  • Wow. I'm just a beginner so you are an inspiration.

  • What an inspiration, well done and it just goes to show, if you follow a structured program, you can make fantastic progress, its just a case of mind of matter!

    Out of interest, have you tried any interval training to up your pace, how did that work out for you?

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