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Our Fantastic Runners

Updated: Nov 1, 2023

It was a beautiful sunny day for the Bath Half Marathon this year and we had a small, but perfectly formed team. Along with the whole team, we were absolutely delighted to have two of our members running for us – Alex and Molly.

Alex was inspired to run the half marathon when he heard about it at our Evaluation Day this April and, once he’d decided, he went full steam ahead with his training and stayed really focused throughout. He did a weekly training session with his SWALLOW support worker Jenny, and they went out regularly with the Westfield TT running group. Alex even recruited another runner to our team – Tara from the Westfield TT. He also practiced regularly on his treadmill at home.

Alex arrived bright and early on the big day, along with his family who were all ready to cheer him on. They told us that he had lost 3.5 stone since April, as a result of his incredible determination and training – how fantastic is that!

On the day, Alex ran like the wind and completed the race in just 2 hours 20 minutes. Alex’s mum said ‘his run time was beyond amazing, it’s just astounding since he has only starting running from April this year. We were just overwhelmed with how amazing he did. He truly is incredible – I am beyond proud.’

Alex celebrated by going out for a big family meal in the evening. He has raised over £945 for SWALLOW which is absolutely brilliant and he told us 'I am so pleased, I've been taking my medal everywhere with me. I want to tell everyone about it Thank you from the bottom of my heart.'

Molly also decided that she wanted to give back to SWALLOW by running the Bath Half Marathon for us this year. Molly did lots of her training by herself and was really motivated to go out running and keep building on her progress every week.

She was really pleased to run alongside two of our SWALLOW staff members – Kate and Simara – the three ladies ran the course together. They looked as cool as cucumbers as they made their way around the course. Plus, Molly did an amazing job with her fundraising and has raised almost £500 for SWALLOW as well.

We are so pleased for both Alex and Molly for undertaking such a huge feat of fitness and dedicating themselves to it so wholeheartedly – big congratulations to both of you.

Jenny, our Floating Support Worker who supported Alex with his training also ran the Great South Run for SWALLOW on the same day (see her picture below!)

Thank you so much to the whole team for running on behalf of SWALLOW and for raising an incredible £5180!


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