Why I’m running for The LGF! - James’ Story

Publish Date: 12/03/2014

Community Engagement Officer James Derham explains why he’s running the BUPA London 10k for The LGF’s Charity Challenges...

What made you want to undertake a Charity Challenge?

For me, taking part in a Charity Challenge is great because as well as raising money for a good cause, you can set yourself a personal challenge. As I’ll be doing a run - and I’m by no means an athlete – I’m expecting it to be quite ‘challenging!’

Why did you want to run this race (BUPA 10K London) specifically?
I wanted to do the 10k as I think that it’s about as far as I’ll be able to run! I chose London as the route is full of landmarks which I’m hoping will distract me during the run… and also it’s an excuse to visit London for a long weekend!

What made you choose The LGF to run and fundraise for?
As a member of LGF staff, I see the great work volunteers do for us on a daily basis and wanted to do something extra myself. The wide range of services The LGF offer are invaluable for many LGB people and I’m proud to be running the streets of London wearing an LGF vest.

Have you taken part in any runs before?
This will be my third 10k – I’ve run both the Manchester and London 10k once each before. Whilst I’d never class myself as sporty or athletic, there’s a great feeling of achievement you get from crossing the finishing line which has made me sign up for a third time.

What do you think will be the most difficult aspect of your Charity Challenge?
In previous years, the hardest thing has been getting motivated to stick to a training regime. 

What are you most looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to crossing the finishing line and having a slap up meal with my friends afterwards!

If you’re interested in taking part in a Charity Challenge for The LGF then we’ve still got places left in the BUPA Great Manchester Run or the London BUPA 10k taking place on 18th May and 25th May respectively. For further information, please visit: http://lgbt.foundation/run

Registration for the BUPA Great Manchester Run closes on 21st April and registration for the BUPA London 10k closes on 25th April, so don’t delay in contacting The LGF if you would like to take part. 

If you would like to get involved, please contact the Volunteer Manager by email: charlotte.cooke@lgf.org.uk or call 0845 3 30 30 30.