CRASH Newsletter: November 2023
Amy Brookes gets ready to run the Manchester Marathon
On 16th April, Amy Brookes will be taking part in the Manchester Marathon in aid of CRASH. Amy, supporter of CRASH, has been committed to an intense training schedule since December 2022, running long distances over the winter months. Her dedication and focus on preparing for the 26.2 mile run alongside raising sponsorship is inspiring.
Read what Amy has to say ahead of her first marathon and what she’s looking forward to at the finish line.
Is this your first race/ have you done a marathon before?
This is my first marathon. I’ve done a handful of half-marathons before but feel this is a whole different ball game…!
Why did you decide to raise money for CRASH?
The number of people left homeless around the country is increasing, and during a time in which everybody is struggling, CRASH provides such a lifeline for these vulnerable people. Likewise with hospices not having the capacity required, CRASH is there to give them essential support. Even charities themselves are going through such a tough time. I think the work of CRASH is very unique and benefits such a broad range of society.
What do you think is unique/special about CRASH?
CRASH brings together industry professionals who give expertise and help to the more vulnerable during critical or struggling times. It’s a special charity in the fact it builds a long-lasting impact, particularly in creating forward-looking and stable futures for the homeless and places of dignity for people receiving hospice care.
What motivated you to get into running?
As like so many others, lockdown left me with no option to exercise other than running! I adore being outdoors and love running in the countryside, so the longer the run the more time I got to spend outside.
Do you have any tips for anyone thinking of signing up to a race for CRASH?
Nothing other than go for it! If you’re feeling hesitant, talk to any of the team beforehand and I’m sure they would be happy to answer your questions. CRASH have been so supportive through my marathon-training journey, and it feels so rewarding knowing I’m doing it for such a valuable cause.
What’s your go to running soundtrack?
I’ve just started adding songs to a real cheesy running playlist, not sure I want to admit the details! I’m a huge Arctic Monkeys fan so they always feature, but also Love Generation – Bob Sinclair is such a feel good, uplifting tune that keeps me motivated.
What’s one thing that keeps you motivated mid-race?
A good playlist or podcast is essential, and lots of little treats along the way (sugary sweets and Lucozade sports are my guilty pleasure). I find races far easier than running alone, as the crowd, atmosphere and other runners just carry you through.
Lastly, how do you plan on celebrating once you have crossed the finish line?
My family are coming to watch, so I hope we can go for a big Sunday roast afterwards. I always crave a pint of Diet Coke after a run, but maybe I’ll treat myself to a pint of beer after this one – then probably just a lot of resting!
The CRASH team are rooting for Amy, and we invite you to join us in support by donating to her page.